The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance
By Jae Ellard
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Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn’t matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.
Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard for the purpose of an honest review.
I must admit my surprise when I first opened The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard. My experience with most books of this type is that they will be filled with chapters of long prose that are most excruciating to read and remain awake. The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance is anything but what I expected.
Ms. Ellard has taken a very simple look at her five truths and presented them is an easy to understand and an easy to implement style.
From the introduction “There is no need for a long, wordy introduction . . .” to the closing statement, “The choice is yours.” the reality of Ms. Ellard’s truths is indeed simplicity and I truly enjoyed that. I was able to read, then re-read to make sure I grasped the tenants as she intended.
I come away from The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance with a very profound truth about myself, “Many people don’t spend much time where they are. They are either still thinking about where they have been or thinking about where they will be – which robs them of being where they are when they are there.”
I definitely recommend The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard for anyone, like me, that suffers from an imbalance of life. I believe we could all learn a great deal from Ms. Ellard by embracing her simple ideas of life!
I give The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard four steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee.
©May 2, 2016
DON’T QUIT YOUR JOB TO FIND BALANCE
By Jae Ellard, Author of The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance, Simple Intentions Founder
Some people leave their jobs to find better balance and end up right where they started, only sitting at a different desk. You don’t have to quit your job to find better balance. In fact, please don’t do that. Rather, find balance in the job you currently have. Quit only if you realize your career is not supporting you in living or expressing your values.
Finding balance has very little to do with your career. Balance also has very little to do with the company where you work, or the people with or for whom you work. Balance has everything to do with getting clear on what you need and effectively expressing those needs.
Creating balance starts with a choice, an intention to create balance however you define it. Balance is different for each of us. It is not something that any CEO, manager or executive coach can give you or define for you.
Define balance for yourself, then make the choice to create it through daily actions. Actions that may be small, simple and so subtle that others around you barely notice. Actions like eating lunch away from your desk, drinking more water, getting enough sleep, setting down your mobile device when someone is talking to you.
Or bigger actions like mapping out your career path, learning new skills, putting energy into a hobby, or volunteering. Importantly, creating balance requires actions like saying what you mean, communicating your boundaries and requesting what you need to create a life of balance.
If you feel so out of balance that you’re thinking about leaving your job, stay until you are clear what it is you really need. Ask yourself if what you need is something your company or manager can reasonably provide. It might be that you already have everything you need, and the path to balance is small simple actions each day. No company, manager or person can create balance for you. The choice is yours.
After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.
In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.
Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.
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