Work life balance is a saying that is relatively new to the corporate world because of it only stems back to about three generations ago. It’s actually interesting to see how we’ve developed as a society and how cultural differences in each generation can change the norm for future societies. That’s a whole other topic that I accidentally got really into as I was thinking about work life balance so I will spare the mini history lesson for those who don’t give a f and allow those who are interested to read it here.
Adults who work a 40-hour week are bound to experience an imbalance of your work- life and your life- life. Work life balance comes with accepting time for what it is and focusing on listening to your body and your emotions.
will hopefully give you comfort in knowing that everyone has difficulties managing their work and outside life. And that’s okay. Below you will find 10 work life balance quotes that I hope will offer tips and positive affirmations. I’d love to hear your favorite one or if yours is not on here, share in the comments section!
“Work smarter not harder.”
If there was a quote that represented the definition of Millennials and work life balance this would be it. I know I can’t be the only one that is always looking for a way to be more efficient and productive. I think this is a great quality of the Millenial Generation because it pushes us to find ways to get more work done, faster. Working to your best efficiency is no longer measured by how fast you complete the job but by the quality of the work you’ve provided.
I think working smart can vary from people to people but to me working smarter means a couple of key things for me:
- Take the time to build genuine relationships with those you work with every day
- GIDO- Git it done once (if you can!) create templates, take notes, utilize technologies so you can save time in the future
- Time yourself (especially for repetitive tasks) to see how long it takes you to complete certain tasks
- Pay attention to when you’re at your peak performance (mine always starts at 10:30AM and lasts through 12ish)
- Plan out your day or week ahead of time
Notice a theme here? TIME is of the essence my friend. It’s one of the things in your life you can’t control, but you can become more aware of it and use it to your advantage to be more productive.
“If we can find a way of becoming positive in the present, then our brains work even more successfully as we’re able to work harder, faster and more intelligently.” – Shawn Achor
Lez be positive guys! Easier said than done for sure, but this quote made me realize that positivity also directly affects how efficient we are at work. Just like planning trips and vacations gives us something to look forward to you also need to find a way to look forward to the small accomplishments, and celebrate those when you achieve them.
Being positive is not a natural thing, at least not for me. It takes effort and a good mindset to remain positive, but it is totally achievable. I’d recommend paying more attention to your thoughts and words throughout the day. If you catch yourself thinking or saying something negative, rephrase that into a positive saying.
Initial Thought: I still have so much work to do in such little time.
Rephrased Thought: I’m going to focus on working on what I can with the time that I do have. When time’s up, I’ll celebrate how much I’ve accomplished, and make a plan with how I will complete the rest of my work.
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” -Dolly Parton
If you haven’t used any of the PTO you’ve accumulated yet… what are u doing? PTO was invented for a reason, because WE ALL NEED IT! I think creating a life in our 20s means exploring ourselves and the world. There are so many landscapes and cultures to get to know, and your company is offering to pay you to go explore!
This depends on your financial situation of course but even if your company doesn’t offer PTO (which thanks to Gen X/ Millennial this is widely accepted now) I still think you should take time off. Taking time off to visit family, friends, or completely new place is a necessity for the soul and to prevent burnout. We all need a little break sometimes, and often when we are coming back from vacation we feel revived and ready to get back to work.
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being… not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money… but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.” – Wayne Dyer
This quote is eceptionally important in this time in our lives. Whether we’re going through a quarter life crisis, or having natural doubts about our abilities you need to remind yourself of your worth. I believe that everyone on this earth has their own purpose, and its whatever they chose to make it. Being content with who you are as a person is the definition of success.
“You create a credible brand by staying true to who you are.” – Hilary Sawchuk
In our society your brand is you- on social media, your physical presence, and even what people think and say after you leave the room. People will respect you if you are genuine and authentic. When it comes to the work place, this meanings being about to say no! I know this happens throughout both sexes, but I’ve noticed that women especially have a hard time saying no when our bosses or peers ask us for a favor. I’ve been in this situation more than I can count.
Let me tell you this: saying yes just to please someone else will end up hurting you more than helping them.
I’m not saying don’t do your work when you just don’t feel like doing it, what I’m saying is be open and honest with your peers and even your bosses when you feel overwhelmed, or like you just don’t have the time to complete an additional task. Most of the times they will are understanding and appreciative that you were honest.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton
Happiness= Balance+ Order+ Rhythm+ Harmony
Balance is an essential component to the happiness formula. There will never be a perfect amount of balance because this is variable from person to person because it depends on your order, your rhythm and your harmony.
But its important to remember that you define your own definition of balance. Listen to your body and your emotions. When you’re feeling stress or overwhelmed with work your body will usually respond both physiologically and psychologically. I know you want to keep working hard, but there comes a point where your body says no and you should really start listening.
“Balance is the key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel they all require awareness we can grow.” – Kai Fresco
Going back to #6:
Happiness= Balance+ Order+ Rythm+ Harmony
Balance= what we do, think, say, eat and feel
Can you tell I’m a formula girl? LOL wouldn’t say I’m a math nerd, but formulas always made sense to me so hopefully I didn’t lose you. To put it into words:
If we pay attention to what we do, think, say, eat and feel, we will achieve balance. When we become self-aware we learn about ourselves, our push-points, and boundaries that we need to establish. After we achieve full self-awareness, we can grow, and establish our balance.
“If you limit yourself to what’s comfortable, you deny yourself what’s possible.” – Dan Thurmon
Being comfortable is a comfy, cozy and calm place. BORING! Kidding, everyone including myself loves the feeling of being comfortable and it is way too easy to get stuck in that comfort zone. Working every day, Monday through Friday, 8-5, without anything to look forward to…. this is another thing that can potentially lead to burnout. You have to get out of your comfort zone and take risks and make life plans. Go to a city you never thought you’d go to, travel the world and go to Tokyo! This is the time to do it dudes, get your comfortable self out there because you will be amazed to see how much is out there.
“Give yourself permission to work on you.”
Mental health is the most important when it comes to work life balance. In my opinion, this has to be where it stemmed from. Over time people realize that your brain cannot mentally or physically grasp another concept if it is pushed beyond its capabilities- and we all have our limits.
You don’t have to explain to anyone that you’re taking a mental health care for your sick day. In fact, some companies even offer PTO for mental health days and I 100% support this! Respect your mind and your body enough to tell the world no when it’s screaming at you.
“So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance.” – Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl is one of my favorite authors, and I find this analysis of work life balance to be so genuine and brutally honest. I know that the purpose of this is to find quotes about work life balance, but have you ever considered the fact that there is no perfect balance formula? Everyone has different lifestyles, career, hobbies, and home life but yet we all come together when it comes to trying to pin down how to find work life balance.
There is no special potion or answer to how to deal with work life balance, but what you can do is realize that you can only worry about the things that you can control. This comes through growing self-awareness of yourself and when to listen to your body when its reached it limitations. Remember dude, breathe.
Wish you the best.