Douglas Pagels – “Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which colour to slide down on the rainbow”
Finally, I’m back from my indulgently swift trip to Portugal! And no I’m not wishing my holiday away, and again no am I looking forward to reading through hundreds of unread emails. I simply want to express what the phrase ‘work life balance’ means to me.
So, you must remember the distinction between a career and a job. A career should be a passion with an objective in mind; it is simply what you should be doing with your life. A job is merely an end point, to get you money.
The problem of your work life being a ‘career’ is that it is difficult to find that ‘work life balance’. So I like to put everything into a list of priorities.
Even though I am resolute in my view that your ego and emotional problems should stay at the door when you enter your work place, it doesn’t mean that your personal responsibilities should be. Having personal responsibilities as well as work ones will make you a more dedicated and all rounded person.
My holiday was a well-earned break from my career, (hence my priorities in the last week were eating cheese, eating Cataplana, eating Portuguese Steak and very mild exercise) though my career did not stop.
Shutting off completely on holiday will only leave you with more ‘post-holiday blues’ to return with.
Do shut off your phone, do go abroad once in a while, just make sure that you also enjoy returning as well as going…