[Posted on Behalf of Archie Jackson, Senior Director and Head of IT & IS, Incedo Inc]
Balance is a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions and putting them in a steady position so that it does not fall.
In context to Work & Life, balancing happens when we assign a proportion of time allocated to each.
It would be incorrect to say, If you give enough justifiable time to both, your work and your personal life would result into a happiness & contentment. The fact is, you may still end up being discontent and wonder why you remain unhappy with either or both of it. A stressful short day at work may dissipate its impact to the larger portion of the day spent with family or personal life and likewise, on the other hand a short stressful period with family or with our personal circle may impact the larger portion of the day at work.
So how does this balance be worthwhile?
In principle, it is not a balance that is needed. We need Work-Life Harmony. Irrespective of spending larger time at work, whatever time you spend at workplace if you are happy and passionately enjoy doing it, it harmonize into your personal life. The harmony gets carried forward into your personal life even though you spend lesser comparable time. On the other hand, a good rejuvenating break away from work where you could spare out personal time with self and loved ones, that contentment serves as a detox and its harmony gets carried forward and impacts your work and workplace with revived energy.
The crux is, having a harmony between work and life is much more important than the balance. Although, time does play a supporting contributor but it is not all of it. A work life harmony (not the balance) is an outcome of self awareness, emotional intelligence, gratification, humbleness, passion, self motivation and much more. Work Life harmony develops when we put efforts in, to enjoy both sides of it and create synergies.