Why Life-Work Balance is better than Work-Life Balance
I hear more and more people (and read more and more articles) talking about the struggle to achieve work-life balance, and that it should rather be labeled as “work-life integration” because balance doesn’t really exist. I get it, we’re all very busy and overwhelmed in this fast-paced life. And I totally agree that trying to combine work with life doesn’t make sense. Either you focus on one or the other, right?
Well, not really. In my opinion, until you keep putting work and life on the same level, until you keep considering work and life as competing interests, you will never achieve balance. There’s more than finding a few hours for yourself to relax or setting boundaries with your clients. Everything starts in your body (and in your brain).
So how is my coaching practice different? I use a holistic approach that focuses on the body and mind connection. For me, work is not the same as life. Your personal life comes before your professional life.
I prioritize. I put YOU first, YOU are the starting point. When you as the individual, as the human being, are thriving, then we move to you as the business person. Once your body and mind get aligned and they work together, we take care of your professional life. By establishing healthy habits to optimize nutrition, sleep, exercise, self-care, and stress management, you are able to improve your well-being, energy, positivity, creativity, focus, productivity. You can then move to your business needs, and you will be able to accomplish more in less time. This will eventually create more time for yourself and for what you love to do. Basically, you will create a positive loop that will maintain constant happiness and produce long-lasting results in your personal and professional life. This is how you achieve Life-Work Balance: life comes first, then work can get done.Why #LifeWorkBalance is NOT #worklifebalance, and how you can thrive and succeed Click To Tweet
People often say their business failed because they didn’t set the right goals, they didn’t have enough money, they didn’t have the experience, they weren’t focused enough, and so on. But a business also fails because they are not present as individuals, and they forget about lifestyle choices that can have a big impact on their results. They:
- Don’t fuel themselves with the right nutrients (real food, that is – not processed or packaged meals rich in simple carbs and refined sugar that cause brain fog and slow down our brain’s performance)
- Are sleep-deprived (we consolidate memory and detoxify our cells while we sleep)
- Lead a sedentary life (exercise boosts our immune system, reduces stress, and produces hormones responsible for happiness, positivity, creativity)
- Don’t find the time to practice self-care (no, it’s not a luxury – it’s necessary for our physical and mental health)
So, if they’re not able to be there for their business, who will?
That’s why it’s very important for us to thrive as an individual first. “The greatest wealth is health”, as Virgil said thousands of years ago. Nothing is more valuable than that in our life.
I also find myself more and more involved in discussions about work-life balance, and people are suggesting that I change my coaching practice because work-life balance doesn’t really work. Of course, it doesn’t work, and I am not coaching about work-life balance. Instead, my coaching practice is about Life-Work Balance.
I don’t believe in work-life balance. I don’t believe the word “work” should ever be placed before the word “life”. Why? Because we are human beings before everything else, we are not human doings. Today we give too much emphasis on our working life, and we put ourselves at risk for chronic stress and chronic disease. This is not good for us and not good for our business. I found myself in that same situation years ago, and it wasn’t fun.
Below is one of the latest explanations I gave to a Twitter friend after she shared a great article that talks about why we should stop striving for work-life balance.
Haha, Tina! Of course people don't know how to achieve work-life balance. Until they keep looking at them as competing interests they will never get it #LifeWorkBalance— Sabrina Cadini (@SabrinaCadini) February 19, 2019
The way #LifeWorkBalance works is, you improve your well-being first (nutrition, sleep, exercise, self-care), then you use the benefits (health, energy, positivity, focus, productivity) to accomplish your tasks and achieve your goals faster— Sabrina Cadini (@SabrinaCadini) February 19, 2019
Life comes first, then work can get done. That way, you have more time for yourself and for those around you. There's more than finding time or setting boundaries, It all starts in your body 🙂 #LifeWorkBalance— Sabrina Cadini (@SabrinaCadini) February 19, 2019
I don't coach about work-life balance, I guide my clients how to improve their well-being and use their body & mind connection to thrive as an individual BEFORE thriving as a business person #LifeWorkBalance— Sabrina Cadini (@SabrinaCadini) February 19, 2019
Are you still trying to achieve work-life balance? Don’t bother. It’s not worth it. Take care of yourself first. Only then you will be able to focus on your business for better and long-lasting results.
Change your life today. Live better and more in harmony. Achieve Life-Work Balance by following these principles:
- Eat better
- Sleep more
- Exercise regularly
- Love yourself (self-care)
- Own your life (be more strategic with your time)
Make sure that you take care of yourself first. You will improve your well-being, increase your energy, positivity, clarity. As a result, you will become more productive and more profitable. This is what I call success, in life and in business!
What are your thoughts? Would you like to learn how to thrive as an individual and become successful in your business? Schedule your FREE Clarity Call with me today HERE!
Holistic Life Coach, Brain Fitness Coach, and Life-Work Balance Strategist for busy professionals. I blend well-being principles with neuroscience, biohacking, positive psychology, stress management, and mindfulness techniques to implement effective behavior changes.