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Balancing acts

We hear a lot about work-life balance these days. Many people struggle to keep their jobs from eating up their entire lives. This is always harder in difficult economic times, when people are afraid that they may be put on a short-list for redundancy if they don’t conform themselves to any demands their jobs make of them.

Of course, some people, as I mentioned in my last blog post, love their jobs so much that they are happy to devote all of their time to them. It’s great to love your job, but few of us would actually want to love it that much, even if we could–there are other things to life.

And that’s the thing: Most of us know that work is just a part of life, but we also know it’s an important part of life, and we want to enjoy it. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve tried to look at the issue of discontentment at the office and how we can help to reduce, or at least focus, that discontentment through a process of self-examination that’s aimed at clarifying our thinking about what we want out of our jobs, and what role we play as individuals in our own workplace satisfaction

We’ll get into this more next week. For this week, all I want to do is ask you these things:

  1. What do you want out of your job?
  2. How would you describe your perfect job–your ideal, even if it doesn’t really exist (or you think it doesn’t)?

Think about it.