By Pandit Dasa
The concept of “work-life balance” is familiar to many of us, but the actual achievement of such a balance can be challenging. When it comes to advancing one’s career and making progress, the concept of maintaining a healthy work-life balance is sometimes ignored. Nevertheless, it has a huge influence on the individual experience and is an essential factor in the achievement of success in the future.
• Work-Life Balance Boosts Productivity: It’s likely that our levels of productivity may decrease if we’re overworked, stressed out, and exhausted. Research has shown that those who are able to strike a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives are much more productive than those who are unable to do so.
• Maintaining Mental Health: Today, there is a significant amount of focus placed on the topic of mental health in the workplace. Workplace stress plays a crucial role in the challenges that many people confront, and this stress frequently starts from a lack of a healthy work-life balance. The presence of very high workloads and limited time away from the office can serve to exacerbate this problem. On the other hand, if we have a healthy work-life balance, which includes regular time for meditation, mindfulness, and positive relationships, it will be much simpler for us to de-stress.
• Prioritizing Physical Health: The cumulative effect of a sedentary lifestyle, such as that led by working in an office all day, is not very beneficial to our physical, emotional, and mental health. A healthy balance between work and personal life is necessary because it frees up time for activities that can improve one’s physical and mental health. The more physically fit we are, the more probable it is that we will be able to perform well in our job.
• Ensure We are Well-Rounded: If we don’t strike a healthy balance between our work and personal life, our life may start to seem quite one-dimensional. A routine consisting of work, eating, sleeping, repeat does not provide much opportunity for personal growth, which is essential to the development of a well-rounded worker. If we have the time outside of work to continually push ourselves, grow, learn, develop, and become more mindful, we will be able to bring these skills into the workplace as well.
• Life Is Short: When people reflect on their life, only a very small percentage of them wish they had worked more. Getting the most out of life and living in a way that is gratifying and meaningful requires striking a healthy balance between one’s professional and personal responsibilities.
Pandit Dasa is a keynote speaker, workplace culture expert, author and former monk who provides practical tools and takeaways for leaders and organizations. To learn more about mindfulness, visit panditdasa.com and check out Pandit Dasa’s upcoming book: Mindfulness for the Wandering Mind (available on Amazon).