We live in a society that works long and hard. On average, we spend about a third of our lives at work, and most of us pedal hard and fast. As technology makes connecting with colleagues as far away as your nearest device, finding a balance between work and life becomes increasingly challenging. Everyone seems to be in search of the secret sauce for work/life balance. In fact, a Google search on the phrase will produce over 72 million hits and over 500,000 books.
Most of us spend between 40-60 hours each week at work. Unless you’re a trust fund baby, the reality is that we spend more time and energy in professional activities than personal endeavors. Ask 10 people how they feel about their lives at work, and only 3 will tell you that they have fulfilling jobs that are engaging, challenging, personally rewarding and aligned with their talents and skills. According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, more than 70% of Americans are “unhappy, uninspired and disengaged” at work.