7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is often at the top of the list for what millennials desire, but few are actually achieving it. Amanda Frazier, psychotherapist, says many of the millennials she meets want to do everything, “which often leads to crashing and burning.” She says that many report wanting to fight the stigma that has become associated with the generation, of being lazy and entitled, but ultimately sacrifice their own work-life balance in the process.

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Work-Life Balance:

1. Unclear definition of work-life balance

Millennials say they want work-life balance, but what does that actually mean? I’ve asked over 50 millennials to share their definition of work-life balance and often times I get an answer from them that has to do with “unplugging” or hobbies they’d like to get into such as boating or hiking on the weekend. Which is great, but it’s only a small part of the definition. If work-life balance was spending time engaging in a hobby, most people could probably find an hour in their week to do so.

Furthermore, with the landscape of technology and work today, it’s unrealistic to think that work-life balance can be achieved by simply unplugging. It’s why the phrase “work-life integration” has gained so much popularity. One study found that people who learn how to integrate the two, have a greater mental recovery time when they are pulled between their personal and professional life.  If millennials want to achieve work-life balance, they need to let go of the old construct of an equal division of time and instead examine all areas of their life (work, personal, physical, spiritual, etc.), and decide what it would look like to balance each area so they are living their most effective, present and fulfilling life.

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