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The fairy tale of the work-life balance: harmony in all areas of life?

It is a curse: we constantly strive to find the much-cited "Work-Life Balance“To create harmony between all areas of life. But that often doesn't quite work out.

work-life balance

Balance the weighing panes

For instead of achieving harmony, we are getting more and more into imbalance. The weighing panes always seem to weigh more weight on one or the other area. And so we are constantly suggesting a deficit.

The bad conscience is our constant companion. The areas of professional and private life have long been inseparable. The boundaries flowing.

The misconception of two competing living areas

Who doesn't often bring work home with them and answer emails after work? And who doesn't sit in front of the screen at work from time to time to catch up with YouTube videos or Facebook-Chat to pass the working hours?

Therefore, the mistaken belief in two competing areas of life often leads us astray. Although my motto “work differently - live more” includes precisely these two areas, when working with my clients, it is important to ensure that all areas of life develop evenly.

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The six areas of life

The real challenge is a lot more complex, because our life consists of much more than just work and life. In fact, there are a total of six living areas, all of which need our attention:

  • personality
  • Leisure
  • Health
  • work
  • assets
  • Relations

Life cycle instead of work-life balance

Here it is important to create a harmonious balance between these areas. “Wheel of life instead of work-life balance” is the formula for success with which the challenge of working on a harmonious connection of all areas of life can be met.

Since 2003, I have been developing life coaches to help their clients by phone in a holistic development. In the meantime over one hundred licensed graduates of my compact training with far more than a thousand coachees work on a balanced life bike.

Deficits disrupt happiness

An important undertaking: a harmonious wheel of life considerably increases individual happiness.

Conversely, the lack of balance of life constrains personal development accordingly. If a client has a deficit in a given area, this has a negative effect on his happiness in his entire life.

Like a plant to full bloom

Who does not know examples from his environment in which the financial independence is overshadowed by health problems? Or cases in which a failed relationship diminishes the joy of professional success?

This is comparable to the different conditions a plant needs to grow. Only under optimal conditions can it unfold fully.

Overcompensation does not help

And a deficiency in one area can not be offset by overcompensation in another.

For this reason, it is of vital importance for people to become aware of their deficits in the individual areas in order to achieve a balanced and happy life in harmony.

Understand the effects of the imbalance

As a productivity coaching, the effects of this imbalance are always reflected in my daily professional practice: I work with entrepreneurs, whose balance has been imbalanced to the detriment of private life.

This goes far beyond professional and private life. It is therefore imperative to know and / or to determine the current status of the respective areas in order to be able to objectives and to align actions accordingly.

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