In part 1 of my post on the topic of ‘work-life balance’ I shared my thoughts about why I don’t particularly like the term and suggested that paying attention to the range of aspects that make up your ‘life well-being’ (your emotional/mental health, physical health, financial health etc) was a better approach than simply trying to balance the time and energy you spend at ‘work’ with the time and energy that you spend on everything else.
And rather than just rolling my eyes or having a little rant to whoever is unfortunate enough to be near me every time I hear the term ‘work-life balance’, I’ve done some thinking about how I’d like to apply an alternative way of looking at balance in my own life and figured that as it might be interesting, relevant (or perhaps just humorous!) to others, it was worth writing a blog post about it.
People who know me well know that I’m a visual person and like to construct or use stories and analogies to make concepts/ideas/opinions more tangible. And those people will also know that I’m not a gardener. But, for whatever reason, it’s a gardening analogy that helps me to explain my concept of ‘life well-being’… [Read more…]