Protecting the Balance

May 11, 2011

No, this isn’t Star Wars or the Karate Kid, where it’s all about balance (whether it’s the Force or martial arts, doesn’t matter). We’re talking about real life here — corporate life. The term ‘life’ is used with a double meaning, though, as when you’re talking about work and income, it’s very important to know that it’s not all there is to your life.

There’s a balance. And you have to protect it.

You’ve heard of the term ‘workaholic,’ correct? Yes, it’s a negative connotation, and rightly so. No one wants to be a workaholic. But you can know one thing for sure: workaholics do make a ton of money.

And why shouldn’t they? Workaholics will have everything they need in life — quality automobiles, good housing, good credit, good appliances, 401K, savings. You name it, a workaholic will have it.

There’s one thing, though, a workaholic will not have: it’s simple, as in a personal life. An empty life.

It’s important to balance your work with your home life as much as possible, because you don’t want to miss out on some of the things you’re entitled to experience — such as family, vacations, leisure, rest, friendship, relationships, recreation. Work too much, and you might lose your family in the long run. A wife or husband who doesn’t know you at all, kids who really don’t respect you much, friends who get lost in the loop of your life. It’s a dangerous thing letting that balance get off kilter.

The good news is you have a wealth of resources to help you with the challenge of balancing your home life with your work life. If you live in Alabama, the resource is as simple as a college course, or fundamental instruction programs. The University of Alabama, for instance, recognizes how important it is to balance your home life with work in a productive way without feeling like you’re slacking on either end.

And you’re not skimping on quality here: after all, the University of Alabama, founded in 1831 as the state’s flagship educational institution, won’t let you down. Go anywhere else in the United States, and you’ll be sure to find the very best in resources to guide you through the murky waters of handling work with a regular home life.

You can be a workhorse, for sure; but don’t be a slave to your job, for certainty. This is the benefit of doing the research, finding programs that’ll help you juggle your priorities and attribute all your energy toward everything on your plate. You’re not alone. Trust in that. There’s a wealth of information out there that can help you in the whole of your life. All it takes is the will, the drive, and the desire to seek it out.

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