It’s easy to get caught up in terms like work life balance. We talk about it at work. We talk about it as entrepreneurs. Everyone wants to find a way to achieve it.
But what is work life balance, really?
And does it mean you really have to compartmentalize your work away from your life?
Work vs. Life
Much of the time, we feel as though work and life are two opposites. After all, you go to work all day, hopefully accomplish something that allows you to keep drawing a paycheck (or earning money in a business or side hustle), and then you come home to your family.
You’re supposed to put work away and focus on your life.
However, as the world changes and the nature of the economy and work changes, there are some changes to the way we look at work and life. This has the potential to be true as more people engage in remote work and find ways to make money in the new economy.
It can be harder to draw a hard line between work and life. I know that, for me, the two are deeply entwined. Maybe I work during the morning, take a long lunch or go have my nails done, and then come back to work in the evening while my son does homework.
I don’t mind doing a few things related to work while I’m on vacation. And because I can work from anywhere, I get to travel a few times a year. I love my work and my projects, and that means I don’t mind having them as part of my life.