By Ken Evoy
On any given day, ask just about anyone the question “how’s it going?” and the response is likely to be…
Oh… life has been very calm
I’m feeling so peaceful
It’s been kind of quiet.
More often we hear…
Don’t know where the time is going!
Great to see you! Gotta run! I’m late!
Most of us live our lives at break-neck speed, always “on,” rushing from one place to the next, working, taking care of family, and all the myriad activities and tasks that tend to be greater in number than hours in a given day. Whew! Even that run-on sentence is exhausting.
It’s no wonder the topic of “work-life balance” is so popular. But why do so many of us think in terms of “balance”?
Work-Life Balance Is a Myth
Wikipedia defines work-life balance as “a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).”
Question is… who decides what “proper prioritizing” is? What you prioritize might not be what your spouse / parent / son / daughter / brother / sister / friend / employer would prioritize for you.
The thing is… work-life balance doesn’t really exist.
It’s a myth. A fantasy. There’s nothing to “balance” because life is… life. Life is all of whatever makes up your existence. “Balance” implies that your work and your life(style) are separate. It creates sort of an opposing expectation, doesn’t it? But work is a part of life, and life includes working.
So instead of talking about a nearly-impossible-to-achieve concept…
Let’s. Get. Real.
The Solopreneur Life
When you live your life, which includes work, there’s no balance. Even if you work at home and are present and available to those who may need you at any given time, things are never going to be balanced.
Whatever you’re doing in any given moment means you’re not doing something else in that same moment. And when you’re passionate about your work, like most solopreneurs are, the rest of your life may become “out of balance” at times.
Even with the occasional imbalance, when you love your work and are passionate about what you’re doing every day, you’ll feel a wonderful sense of satisfaction. Why? Because part of what you would choose to do in your “off time” is the same as what you’re doing when you work.
You plan, think, strategize, imagine, daydream, solve problems in your head. And you love it. Your passion for your business begins to weave into and become part of your life.
Solopreneurs think about their business not in terms of a constant need to give their business their all every single day, but as having the ability to temporarily pause or pivot as life directs. It’s understood that there will be ups and downs due to the sheer nature of life. Some days will call for attending more fully to family, others for attending more to business.
Of course, this freedom could become a slippery slope when you’re trying to build and grow a business. Discipline, dedication and making enough time to have …read more
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