By Corinne Mossman
Balancing family, health, personal lives, and work can be a challenging task but is deemed essential for achieving a healthy work-life balance which has been one of my personal goals for a long time. I’m reluctant to admit that as hard as I have tried to be a calm, cool, and collected expert balancer sometimes my act has looked more like a fire juggler on roller skates. In search of some helpful tips, I turned to the internet and instead found that people have been striving for the legendary work-life balance for centuries, with some sources pointing credit for the concept toward a Welsh industrialist of the 1770’s who advocated for “eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest”. This in of itself helped me relax immensely and allowed me to reimagine my goal in a guilt-free way. To be more practical and to extend myself some grace, I decided in the beginning of this year to pursue work-life enrichment in lieu of the elusive balance.
Work-life enrichment is the concept of finding ways to enhance both personal and professional aspects of life to create a fulfilling and satisfying existence rather than simply trying to achieve a balance between them. Work-life enrichment involves ways to integrate our personal and professional lives, rather than treating them as separate entities. This can involve discovering how to incorporate family time into our workday or bringing aspects of our personal interests and hobbies into our professional lives. Here are some tips for work-life enrichment:
Remember, work-life enrichment is a personal journey, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Be patient with yourself as you experiment with different strategies and find what works best for you.