Is life qual­ity more im­por­tant than work life bal­ance?

Some­times do­ing more, but more of some­thing dif­fer­ent can bring a greater sense of con­trol and en­hance life qual­ity, says Jas­bindar Singh.

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HOW are you far­ing in the quest for a pro­duc­tive and suc­cess­ful work life along with a ful­filled and happy home life?

For many of us, there is a feel­ing of be­ing over­whelmed as de­mands in­crease and time dis­ap­pears.

Try­ing to bal­ance our busy work and home lives can leave us feel­ing even more stressed and self-re­crim­i­nat­ing as we chase the elu­sive.

That is why I liked the wis­dom of the au­thors be­low.

On the is­sue of work life bal­ance, Betsy Col­lard and H.B. Ge­latt in New Di­rec­tions in Ca­reer Plan­ning and the work­place: Prac­ti­cal strate­gies for Ca­reer Man­age­ment Pro­fes­sion­als edited by Jean Kum­merow, of­fer the fol­low­ing thought-pro­vok­ing view: • Re­fram­ing the is­sue in terms of life qual­ity. The is­sue is not how to bal­ance work and life but how to en­rich the over­all qual­ity of life. It is about chang­ing the fo­cus from work to life and from bal­ance to qual­ity. • Iden­ti­fy­ing the two com­po­nents of life qual­ity – that is how time is spent and how you feel and think about that ex­pen­di­ture. What you do on a daily ba­sis cer­tainly is a big con­trib­u­tor to the qual­ity of your life, but how you ex­pe­ri­ence what you do is even more im­por­tant. • Iden­ti­fy­ing the men­tal bar­ri­ers to achiev­ing life qual­ity, as they can be road­blocks on the path to an en­riched qual­ity of life. • Ques­tion­ing the com­mon wis­dom of sim­plic­ity. Some­times do­ing more, but more of some­thing dif­fer­ent can bring a greater sense of con­trol and en­hance life qual­ity. Their un­com­mon wis­dom and un­con­ven­tional strate­gies are: • Do more, but do some­thing

dif­fer­ent. • Do more of some­thing you don’t

like. • Do the same, but do it dif­fer­ently. • Do more of some­thing

“unim­por­tant”. • Do the same but “see” it dif­fer­ently.

Does this res­onate for you? How do you en­hance your life qual­ity? Jas­bindar Singh is a lead­er­ship coach and busi­ness psy­chol­o­gist. www.jas­bindars­ingh.com

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