Are you taking responsibility for your own work-life balance?

Are you taking responsibility for your own work-life balance?

Is there any such thing as a work-life balance?

My original thoughts on work-life balance were predominantly focused on the balance element. What I mean by this is, if I spent eight hours a day at work, I would sleep for eight hours and spend a further eight hours with my family. But the more I thought about this, the more it seemed like a myth to me.

I would like to take a step back to my university days. I never had a work-life balance: I spent a disproportionate amount of time on one thing at any given time that included hanging out with friends or studying during exam time.

The fundamental definition of work-life balance is that it's a concept including proper prioritising between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development, meditation." - Wikipedia.

Now the most important word in the above definition is 'prioritising'. Everyone who is reading this blog has different priorities in life at this point in time. Whether you like it or not priorities change as our personal lives change.

When I started my career within the Appco Group network in Australia, I was 21 years old. I was a fresh graduate. My goal was to build and run my own business and I wanted to learn everything about it.

I put in the hours – 14 to 15 hours per day – to learn sales, recruitment, leadership and management. After two years of hard work as an independent contractor I progressed to running my own business and becoming an entrepreneur in partnership with Appco Group Asia. That was my top priority at that stage. Two years ago my wife and I had a baby boy and that changed my priorities.

If you are clear about your priorities then you know what your work-life balance is or should be. Linked with setting your priorities is taking responsibility for your own work-life balance.

Many leaders and upcoming ambitious entrepreneurs ask me a lot about how to achieve success. Most of the time my answer disappoints them. It's by sheer hard work! I work 14, 15, 16 hours a day to get to where I am. I love what I do and my priority is to build a solid business career. I like to think I am one of the hardest working people in this industry. I feel that putting in 14, 15 or16 hours a day is my oxygen. That's the only game I know. And I play this game every day.

I am not saying everyone should do that. If you are not achieving your goals or making progress building your business and grumbling about it, then that’s where there is a problem.
You need to take charge of your own life and you know better than anyone what you need to do.

In conclusion, let's get our priorities right so that we can have our own version of work-life balance plus take responsibility for our own actions.

Vishnu Annapareddy, Centurion Organisation, is a partner to Appco Group Asia conducting face-to-face sales and fundraising for Appco’s clients in both Malaysia and The Philippines.

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