Harmony in life - how to combine career and private life?
A professional career is certainly one of those aspects of life that can give you a lot of satisfaction and lead to self-realization. However, it is only a part of the whole existence - next to home, family, hobby, sport ... In times when, on the one hand, open borders and ever more communication opportunities open up new perspectives for people, and on the other, the specter of unemployment, it is difficult to harmoniously reconcile a career with private life. How to do it, is it worth always separating privacy from work with a thick line and is it possible to live in accordance with the idea of slow work?
An excellent careerist or an average multi-tasker?
Actually, the way to a brilliant, dizzying career is simple - you just need to invest all your time, energy and creativity in the company. Certainly there are individuals for whom total commitment to work is fulfilling, but most people are definitely multi-taskers. However, many roles to fulfill is a large number of tasks for which it is sometimes difficult to find a moment.
It would be a dream to have a satisfying job that you can leave at 5:00 PM and cut yourself off completely, devoting the rest of your time to other activities. However, it is usually just a dream - the sheer volume of tasks, the ringing phone and the constantly overcrowded e-mail box do not allow you to tear yourself away from work even in the afternoon or at the weekend. Therefore, it is worth considering another solution - not about a firm division between private life and work, but - about the interpenetration of both spheres.
Although for many these words sound like blasphemy - after all, you must not combine work with private life - this solution should not be rejected immediately. There are many flexible methods of operation. The simplest example, more and more popular in connection with the development of the Internet, is remote work, from home - the so-called homeoffice. Why is this a good solution? First of all - it allows you to save a lot of time, which is spent, for example, on commuting (or makeup). For many people who need concentration and silence, this may be a better choice than working in a crowded office every day.
Another solution is flexible working hours. This style is perfect for people who have children - thanks to this, it is easier for them to match the schedule to the working hours of the kindergarten or the other parent. Flexible work can also satisfy people who do not like working at fixed hours, and who start the task when they feel comfortable with it. Of course, you need some self-discipline in this case.
Going one step further, you can choose freelancing instead of a full-time job. In this case, the working time is actually not standardized - it is not counted by the man-hours, but by the performed tasks. A perfect solution for people who like to be their own master, but also - who can be that master. As a freelancer, a person who cannot control laziness and get to work early enough will not work.
Of course, there are also people for whom a classic, eight-hour working day at a desk in a company is the basis of good functioning.If someone likes such work, is good at a schedule, and can relax after hours without thinking about the duties left in the company, it is not worth changing anything by force.
A friendly corporation
Another method of achieving a work-life balance is… finding a friendly corporation. Even in times of crisis, specialists are at a premium, and employers increasingly outdo each other in the benefits offered by the company in order to attract and retain a good employee.
Although our corporations are still far from the legendary Google or Pixar, it seems that everything is going in the right direction. In fact, it is already standard to provide employees with private medical care and sports tickets. It does not end with taking care of your form and health - many companies have company canteens that provide healthy food.
Apart from that, employers take care of the employee not only by offering something to himself, but also to his family. Therefore, many workplaces have kindergartens and nurseries. In addition to the peace of parents, a big plus is the lack of delays - the child does not have to be taken to a kindergarten on the other side of the city. If, on the other hand, it is combined with the fact that a working mother can take her child to a healthy lunch at the company, then her schedule includes much more time. Some employers go a step further by allowing employees to invite friends or family to a company meal. Thanks to this, it is possible to meet someone despite the absorbing work, and during the time devoted to performing tasks, not to steal quarters of an hour for private telephone calls.
The so-called Corporate Wellness is another opportunity for personal development within the framework of professional work. Moving with the times, employers more and more often try to provide their subordinates not only with physical activities, but also with a positive influence on the psyche. Therefore, as part of your work, you can take advantage of meditation training, coping with stress or relaxing sessions.
Although the above description may seem a bit utopian, in practice in more and more companies you can meet at least some of the benefits mentioned. Following the example of successful foreign corporations, employers begin to appreciate not only results-oriented, but also people and their needs.
Or maybe just slow down?
Combining private life with a professional career and personal development does not have to be difficult at all. However, it often happens that a person finds time for everything - and does everything in a hurry and in a hurry.
The fact that we often have to devote a lot of time and energy to our professional career. However, also afterwards, in our free time, we give ourselves no respite. Maniacal browsing news, news and social networking sites, additional courses, classes and exercises. This way, it's hard to relax and get back on your feet before the next challenging day. Therefore, more and more people are leaning towards the idea of slow work. To slow down - easy to say? However, sometimes it's worth the effort.
First of all, you have to ask yourself why I am doing so many things. Currently, every person has a lot of opportunities ahead of them, which it is a pity to give up - language learning, sports, passions. However, it is worth considering what I really enjoy and what I do only because it is fashionable, eco, trendy ...
On the other hand, you can also try an informational detox. Instead of checking every possible website and phone every half hour - discipline yourself and only do it twice a day. Interestingly, in this way the idea of slow work is also promoted by some corporations - e.g. by choosing a day of the week when e-mails are not sent or received.
Very extreme supporters of slow work propose a change of employment - for a less paid but less absorbing one. Thus, despite lower incomes, they assume much greater satisfaction with life as a whole.
Perhaps not all of the presented methods of reconciling everyday life with a professional career are feasible. However, it's a good idea to pause sometimes, analyze how your free time and work time are spent, and then do a little defragmentation. If it helps improve computer performance, why shouldn't it help us?