Work­ing To­ward a Bal­anced Life­style

ArabAd - - CARTE BLANCHE - BY ELIE AOUN CEO, IP­SOS CON­NECT MEAP

I be­gan work at a very young age as I am sure oth­ers have.

Dur­ing that time, I had lots of ups and downs all of which taught me valu­able lessons. How­ever, life was and still is my big­gest teacher.

I have built this knowl­edge on a day by day ba­sis. I trav­elled a lot for busi­ness and leisure. I also rubbed shoul­ders with a lot of suc­cess­ful peo­ple from whom I learned and later used these lessons to men­tor oth­ers.

A lot of peo­ple have in­flu­enced me and I do hope I in turn in­flu­enced oth­ers.

Of the things I learned, was that most peo­ple, in­clud­ing my­self, do not know how to en­joy life. This drove me to won­der why that is, un­til I re­mem­bered that we were taught by our elders that work and leisure will never meet.

Dur­ing my trips, I saw my­self and many other col­leagues spend­ing most of our time be­hind a desk, in a con­fer­ence call, or on the phone when we could have been do­ing very sim­ple things that could bring us some de­served fun.

I re­ally wanted to un­der­stand this be­hav­iour and won­dered whether it was a sick­ness. Do we re­ally en­joy be­ing busy, or at least pre­tend­ing to be? I racked my brain try­ing to find an an­swer un­til I came to the con­clu­sion that what we are to­day, or what we do is re­lated to our child­hood and how we have been raised.

Aside from the im­por­tant lessons our par­ents and teach­ers ham­mered into us, none of them ever en­cour­aged or taught us how to have fun in ev­ery­thing we do.

Whether you are a CEO or a fresh grad­u­ate, please do not fall into this trap. Do not work on week­ends, or over­work dur­ing busi­ness trips, or leisure trips.

None of this work will ever give you that push you think it will, nor will it make you or your em­ployer much richer. On the con­trary, if you teach your­self and your col­leagues, that hav­ing fun at work, or in what you do is not harm­ful, you would end up lov­ing what you do much more and in turn you will be­come more pro­duc­tive.

That rea­son­ing should be com­mu­ni­cated to chil­dren, which I am cer­tain will even­tu­ally af­fect their ca­reers in a pos­i­tive way. Why shouldn’t we save our­selves from the re­gret of not hav­ing enough fun, of not spend­ing more time with our kids and par­ents since we all agree this might be one of the big­gest plea­sures in life?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sim­ply pro­cras­ti­nate, I am just say­ing, work smarter, en­joy what­ever you are do­ing, and most im­por­tantly, spend as much time as pos­si­ble with your kids and par­ents.

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