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Is Work Life Balance A Myth?

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You wake up, ugh, another day of work. Is it Friday yet?

You get the kids to school or daycare after a hectic morning and finally punch in at work. Finally, you get to work but have to walk past that one person who’s always smiling and happy, it’s so annoying.

You drone through the day thinking about your weekend plans.

Sure, there are a few faces around the office you like, so the entire day is not wasted. You get to catch up with some pals.

Finally, it’s time to go home. After the commute, it’s basically dinner time when you get home and get the kids to bed.

You sit down and you’re….exhausted. You sit on the couch to rest, and next thing you know it’s getting late and time to go to bed.

Another wasted day…and you think “I wish I had some work-life balance.”

Then you wake up again…

What is Work-Life Balance?

Work-Life balance is the goal of balancing your time between work and other parts of your life including family, social, leisure, and other personal interests…

 

Guess what. you’re wasting your time…

It’s not because the cause isn’t noble. But then again, people spend their lives trying to find Big Foot, aliens, and the Loch Ness Monster.

If it doesn’t exist, you won’t find it no matter how much you search for it.

A job is like indentured servitude. Unlike indentured servants of the past, you aren’t bound to a specific employer. But, you are bound to employment within the system.

That’s the reason why you’re unhappy and looking for balance

But, you can’t balance that.

Work vs a Job

Work is defined quite simply as an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. Or it can be an activity done as a means of earning income.

A job on the other hand is a paid position of regular employment.

Do you see the difference?

Work is an activity, a job involves employment. While they are clearly related, at a minimum we need to see they are different.

If you chase the idea of job-life balance, you’ve accepted that you will always have a job and it is separate entirely from and incompatible with your ‘life’.

Some people can accept their role inside the corporate system. That is the person who is always happy at work. They don’t seek work-life balance because they are content.

Maybe they don’t even recognize what’s controlling their lives, or maybe they don’t care.

Either way, that’s not you. You want something more.

On the other hand, if you pursue some activity that you are passionate about and love that also happens to earn some form of money, you are ‘working’.

Here’s the kicker, If it is a personal interest, passion, or hobby, it’s already part of ‘life’.

…and that’s why chasing work-life balance is like chasing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

You either accept your life as a worker bee, or you are unhappy. There is no way to be a worker bee for a little bit of the time and be a lion on the hunt the rest of the time.

There is simply no way to balance between those two. You need to be one or the other.

You need to accept that you are a worker bee, and be content. OR, you need to be the thing you want to be.

If you are the thing you want to be, there is no need to find a ‘balance’ between being that and being something society needs you to be.

That’s why work-life balance doesn’t exist.

Balance

That all being said, achieving balance is a part of all aspects of life.

Eat too much or eat too little, you end up in the hospital either way.

It’s like all those contradictory food studies – wine is good for you one day and bad for you another day. Or maybe this week it’s potatoes that are good for you or bad for you or… who knows?

That’s because literally everything in life needs to be balanced.

But, that’s just life. Why are we looking at all the various pieces of life that need to be on the scale?

Remember, though, a scale can balance things because it has a fulcrum. And, just as with a scale, your life has a fulcrum as well.

Finding Focus

All scales have a fulcrum and all lives must have a focus.

This is the singular thing that is most influential in your life, which directs or impacts all other decisions in your life.

For some people it’s religion. They always think about what is written about what God wants. Or they pray and look for guidance on various things.

They act either out of love/respect for what they believe God’s wishes are. Sometimes they act out of fear of God’s judgement.

For other people, their lives are balanced around friends, family, their community, or something similar.

They dress a certain way, buy certain types of vehicles, houses, etc because of how their social group will perceive them.

The job and the life of work is chosen because that is what their peers and parents expect them to do.

They want the acceptance of the group, or perhaps fear their judgement.

If you want to change who you are, you need to change the fulcrum and stop focusing on what’s on the plates on either side

That’s how entrepreneurs are different. We create our own businesses and make that our fulcrum.

Your Business as Your Fulcrum

If you love to do something, you’ll naturally want to do it more and other activities just won’t seem as important anymore.

That’s how entrepreneurs can work 12 hours or more, 7 days per week. They burn with passion for it. The business they are building is everything to them.

Of course, no one can work incessantly with no leisure or time with their family.

Maybe they get their spouse and children involved too. So their passion becomes the family passion. Now they spend time together and build their future.

They make new friends and go to dinner or parties with them. These friends are also entrepreneurs who have intense passion as well.

You raise your children and show them how passionate you are and teach them how to find and cultivate their own passions.

As they get older, they learn that life is not about a modern form of cubical slavery, but instead aboutthey pursue those passions and build balanced lives around what makes them burn.

Soon, everything in your life has some piece of your passion in it in some way.

This is balance.

This article originally appeared on IdealREI. Follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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VIDEO: 5 Money Rules You Can Totally Ignore!

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Unlike the baby boomers, young adults today are straddling massive financial pressure – be it heavy student loans or home prices reaching unaffordable highs. While all of this welcomes plenty of financial advice, most of them are wrong. Here are five pieces of money rules you can afford to ignore.

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3 Simple Ways To Save Money Faster

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Would you be interested if we told you that there are efficient tricks to saving money? Well, it’s true; there are a few tricks that can be used to save money, even when it doesn’t feel like you have any money to save.

The present state of the economy is a loud wake-up call for you to tighten your belts, cut back on unnecessary expenses, and save more.

Though there’s nothing wrong with only spending when you can afford it, don’t backslide and disregard your long-term financial goals.

1. Automating Your Savings

Think about what it would feel like if:

  • You woke up everyday knowing that your money is automatically going where it was supposed to.
  • You spend less time managing your finances but still dominating it.
  • You can easily pay your bills/debt and watch your savings/interest grow.

We could go on and on, but the trick here is that automating your finances helps to remove all irrational human behavior that can get in the way of accomplishing your savings goal.

2. Move Any Unspent Money To Your Savings

The whole point of budgeting is to avoid living from salary to salary.

You need to have an understanding of how much you can survive on, monthly or weekly, try to cut your expenses, stick to it and hopefully have something extra at the end.

Any extra income you have before your payday should be moved to your savings account. Then, you start another cycle of budgeting.

It might sound boring but this trick not only shows how better you are at budgeting (having extra unspent income before payday) but it better motivates you to keep the numbers increasing and cutting your expenses.

Remember: Whether you choose to budget or not, at least find out how much you’re gaining or losing every month — Save the gain.

3. Zero Your Money Out Every Evening

This might sound really elementary but it works and it’s pretty easy. You have to make a decision to zero out your unspent money every evening.

So let’s assume after a days’ work, you end your account balance with:

₦51, 600 available on your bank account.

What you should do:

Deduct the last three or four digits from each number to get a zero at the end.

For example:

N51,600 — N1,600 = 50,000 — → N1600 goes to your savings account!

As simple as this trick might be, it helps you to actually control your spending and save. Give it a try.

What are the tricks that make saving easy for you?

Let’s know your answers in the comment section below.

Have a great week!

This article originally appeared on Piggybank.ng. Follow them on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram

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WEALTH HACK: 5 Apps That Give You Free Stuff (Even Money)

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Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch was probably wrong. There are plenty of apps that will give you free stuff – everything from food (ironically beating the old saying), to money. Here are five apps that you can check out to bag some freebies.

1. Fish For Money

This fun app lets you bag a $15 gift card or get PayPal payments, if you can successfully catch a million pounds of fish.

2. Movie Money

Here’s an app that pays you to watch movies. What could be better? For every 1,200 points you earn watching movies,  you get $5 – either as Amazon gift cards or cashed out through PayPal.

Related: Shopping For Deals: 3 Things To Look Out For (And No, It’s Not Price)

3. Claim It!

If you’re residing in and around New York City, this app lets you bags LOTS of free stuff. This includes anything from movie tickets and video games, to handbags and gift cards.

4. AppBounty

If you’re someone who loves to spend time testing new apps, this app comes packed with perks. You bag anything from 500-1200 points for every app you download and test, which can later be converted to XBox Live Points or gift cards at iTunes and Amazon.

5. Cosign

This app rewards you every time you share information about the products you find. Once you tag the products and hit share, you’ll snag a 30% commission whenever a visitor clicks the link you shared. Better yet, you’ll be paid a higher commission once you’ve collected a required number of points.

 

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