Maintaining a good work-life balance has been one of the central hot topics of business discussion recently, especially when the video game industry was thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight thanks to their implementation of “crunch time”. Crunch time, seen in many an industry but not normally as ‘aggressive’ as the video game industry, sees teams of developers working around the clock (between 12-20 hours a day) in order to reach their development targets in time for a strict deadline. This revelation and the uncovering of such a bitter truth saw many other designers, crew members and staff across industries far and wide stepping out of the shadows to admit they had also seen a period of “crunch time” as well, in one role or another.
What do we say? Down with crunch time! Big up the work-life balance and make sure to carve out that all-important time for yourself. You’ll avoid burnout, be more productive, love what you do more and harbour no resentment to your employer or your job. Still not convinced the work-life balance is a necessity? Let Kossie’s favourite quotes do the talking!
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”
— Michelle Obama
There is nothing wrong with helping others and the greatest happiness in life can come from putting a smile on somebody else’s face. However, it’s certainly not good enough to constantly be putting your needs last and you should always find time to treat yourself or simply relax.
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.”
— Hillary Clinton
As we grow up and hit personal development milestones, we are often asked about what we’d like to do for a career, so much so that some students don’t even have a social life, foregoing friends in the name of achievements. Not only is this detrimental to our development (we are inherently social creatures who require social fulfilment) but it can cause a degradation of communication skills, causing more harm than good when it comes to applying for a job. In summary, we need a balanced life, and striving for a job is only one part of that.
“No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be.”
This is another tough quote that can hit home for a lot of people who have already sadly lost friends through their sole focus on chasing a career or personal achievement. If you go so far as to shut everyone out in your efforts to hit that all-important goal, then you need to ask yourself, once you reach it, who will be left to celebrate with you?
“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.”
– Betsy Jacobson
This quote is as interesting as it is powerful. Many people think that work-life balance is simply about carving out an hour of relaxation at the end of the day, allowing yourself 20 minutes to stare out the window between chores and the day job. However, a good work-life balance is about knowing how to say no, knowing when to step back and say, “actually, I can’t do this because I need a break, or I need to take more time to get it right.” 8 hours at work, 8 hours relaxing and 8 hours sleep. It sounds practical on paper, but real life doesn’t always fall into neat segments.
“Burnout is about resentment. Preventing it is about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.”
– Marissa Mayer
Burnout hits everyone differently. Some people feel ill, others sleep for a long period, and others face mental stress so severe that it can lead to mental health problems. Burnout should be avoided at all costs and the moment you think you are heading into a downward spiral, step back, take a deep breath and look to someone who can help.
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”
– Arianna Huffington
There has been many a person with the attitude of, “I’ve turned up, therefore I’ll be rewarded”. It goes hand in hand with the life of convenience that we have built for ourselves. A world in which we see someone in need of assistance and can simply press a button to summon attention or request the emergency services and then leave, getting on with our lives, yet feeling like we’ve “done our bit”. Enough. Down with “convenience” and down with half-hearted efforts. Every task you carry out shouldn’t just be, “I’ve put 4 hours into this,” but rather, “I’ve spent an hour on this, but I can honestly say I’ve given it my best effort, 100% of my focus and the entirety of my experience.” Be proud of your efforts – be even prouder of your results for a job well done.
“The Gift of Balance in Your Life – May you find the balance of life, time for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing ends up creating stress that no one needs in their life.”
— Catherine Pulsifer
Isn’t a balanced life one of the loveliest things we can wish for someone? A life in which there is never a deadline, never any stress and the world seems like your oyster. The next time you have a friend come to you feeling down or anxious about their life, help them to find their own balance, offering one of the greatest gifts you can give.
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
— Dolly Parton
Famous country music star Dolly Parton is a wonderful role model. She works hard, donates plenty and still finds the time to enjoy herself. Her quote touches on the fact that if you spend too much time focusing on one aspect, you’ll find that life will soon pass you by. Don’t live a life of regrets, embrace every minute and enjoy yourself.
Have you got any inspirational or motivational work-life balance quotes that inspire you day to day? Or maybe you have a mantra that you repeat to yourself every morning in order to excite yourself for the day ahead? Comment below with how you best practice a balanced work-life and your recommendations for others.