Do you recall how you felt when you were close to being burned out or actually were due to your job and the normal demands of life? The thing is, some of us come out unscathed from such experiences while others must deal with the effects of the burn out for a very long time. Nevertheless, the demands of life—whatever yours are—will not stop, and combining these demands with your everyday job can be daunting. After all, work is called work for a reason: it is a mental or physical pursuit to achieve set objectives. If we can achieve an equilibrium between the demands of our daily lives and our outlook on work, can we then say that we have achieved a work-life balance? Does work-life balance even exist? If the answer is in the affirmative, how can we achieve work-life balance without compromising one for the other?
This article contains some tips for attaining balance in your life and work, but what you must bear in mind is that you are the catalyst to achieving that sense of balance, and not achieving it could be devastating to the mind, the body, the work and familial connections. It may lead to increased stress levels, reduced productivity and consequently, conflict both at work and outside of work.