What does that life balance really look like?
If “balance” means a fair distribution of hours, is that what everyone really wants?
We’ve heard about work-life balance for a long time and it’s taken on a number of meanings. Now, as founder of MIYAGI incubator I try to find ways to create standards that promote the right balance for the entrepreneurs: reminders to chill, to play and to take care of their health. But it’s always challenging for the person leading the company to create that “balance.” We’re so good at justifying why we need to work more saying things like “It’s a busy time of year” or “I’m low of staff.” It makes work-life balance starts to feel like an unreachable destination.
The old way to lead was to teach people by being the first in the door and the last one to leave. But what does that actually show that you value in your business culture? The amount of hours spent in the office is what’s important? Is that what actually creates value in your business?
I’ve went through a whole leadership switch over the years. I’ve placed priority on what I can do to drive the most value for the company. I’m doing it, delegating it or deleting it. I’m also prioritizing things that are important for me, like spending quality time with my family. If your business isn’t working to make your life better, what’s the point? And if your life is not driving toward what’s most important to you then what’s the point?
When your life and your work are aligned to serve a common purpose, it stops mattering how many hours you work. You’re working as much as is needed to accomplish your goals. That will look different for everybody but that’s the secret to life balance.
Also published on Medium.