Why work/life balance is BS

Over the years, I’ve heard various people mention the importance of having a ‘work/life balance’.

The sub-text seems to be that we can’t be happy, fulfilled or have meaningful personal relationships unless our life is in ‘balance’.

By ‘balance’ they mean that no one part of our life dominates or takes a disproportionate amount of our time, attention and energy.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the idea of living one’s life in balance is total tosh.

Whenever I’ve sought to achieve something in my life that wasn’t easy, I’ve had to live my life out of balance, precisely because I needed to put all my focus, effort and time into that task.

For example, whenever I write a book I have a very busy few months getting the basic drafting done, when means I have to get up early, work late and say no to almost everything else.

When I’ve been preparing for 10,000 metres running race or triathlon I’ve had to increase my aerobic training, eat a lot more and go to bed earlier.

When I became a professional speaker, I had to spend most of my time creating talks, learning them and continually practising my performance.

When I recently renovated a run-down house, I spent most of my days planning and coordinating the works, attending the site to liaise with contractors and getting stuck in laying floors, hanging doors, painting and cleaning.

The point is that you have to go out of balance to achieve great things, particularly if they are new or outside of your comfort zone.

I think the key to happiness and fulfilment is to continually learn new skills and seek different achievements, and remind yourself of what really matters and is truly important in your life.

There is, however, one area of my life in which I’ve been trying to get more balance, and that’s in yoga.

That’s me in the picture doing a headstand.

Once you perfect the technique - arms and core - you get a nice balance!