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Let's Stop Living to Work!

Let's Stop Living to Work! | Unplug | Scoop.it
"The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to
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Long commutes to work.  Sleeping with our electronic devices.  Missing out on important moments with family and loved ones.


It's time to renovate and repair the structure of our lives. Let's stop living to work!

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5 ways to achieve the perfect work-life balance | The Work Buzz

5 ways to achieve the perfect work-life balance | The Work Buzz | Unplug | Scoop.it
In today's hectic world, it's easy to become overwhelmed with both work and personal responsibilities. Here's how to have a better work-life balance.
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Work-Life Balance: Fact, Fiction or Fairytale?

Work-Life Balance: Fact, Fiction or Fairytale? | Unplug | Scoop.it
The work-life balance: Myth or not, it's worth searching for
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“There's power in discussing it,” said Teresa A.
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Work-life balance.  Fact, fiction or just a fairytale?

 

The idea that "we can find an equilibrium between our home and work lives" is the topic of too many blogs, articles and books these days -- some even referring to this balancing act as a "myth that leads to unrealistic expectations and stress." 

 

While the jury's still out on what to call it, the truth is this: Most of us still need a game plan for tackling Life's busy demands -- "especially as we grow ever-more connected to our smartphones and electronic devices."

 

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Embrace the 3 R's

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Tips to find some work life balance and avoid burnout. (How to Avoid Burnout | Project Eve http://t.co/NzkhPMDTgo)
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Rest...Refreshment...Rhythm...the 3 R's that help to ensure that Life's high demands don't burn you out. 

 

REST

If you work constantly and never take a reprieve, you will not only be exhausted; lack of rest can lead to lack of motivation or even depression.  Your mind, body and spirit need to have some down time.

 

REFRESHMENT

Distraction does not equal refreshment.  "In today’s world of technological toys, it is very easy to escape the worries of the day" by checking email, texting or switching on the television.  These activities are so passive that we may think of them as a way to relax, but they aren't; these sorts of distractions do not refresh you.

 

RHYTHM

Constantly reacting to things is unproductive and draining.  Some days it seems that all you do is put out one fire after another.  Often times, this is unavoidable.  But constantly putting out fires (i.e. reacting) indicates a symptom of poor planning.  Try to carve out time each day for certain activities, setting a rhythm for the week. Note: Your schedule should include planned time off.

 

Our busy world often demands over-activity.  But we don't need to buy into that.  Be your own advocate, and find a balance that works for you.

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Information Technology Burnout

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A growing emphasis has been placed on IT professionals to help businesses compete, grow and thrive.  Great news for Information Technology, right?

 

Not for the 73% in the UK who are considering leaving their job due to work-related stress and the impact that is having on their health and relationships.

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Schedule Yourself In for an Appointment

Schedule Yourself In for an Appointment | Unplug | Scoop.it
There are steps you can take that will bring back that work life balance you’re looking for. It will take some planning and discipline, but you really can do it all.
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In today’s busy world, it feels as if spending more and more time married to our work is something we don't necessarily choose -- but instead something that is demanded of us.

 

Most of us have family and friends, but we we don't spend the quality time with them that we'd like. Yet with some planning and discipline, there are steps you can take to bring back some of the balance you crave. 

 

So schedule yourself in for an appointment and consider these suggestions from Project Eve.

 

(1) Put exercise on your list

(2) Limit the time you spend working at home

(3) Allow time for your hobbies

(4) Unplug yourself

(5) Schedule a social outlet

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UK Employees Believe Technology Helps Them Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

UK Employees Believe Technology Helps Them Achieve Better Work-Life Balance | Unplug | Scoop.it
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UK workforce cites technology as key to better work-life balance
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As UK companies prepare for recovery, employees are ready to embrace technology, believing it helps them achieve a better work-life balance and work more effectively.
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As the UK begins its economic recovery, a recent survey indicates that more than 20% of the countrys' employees claim that technology helps them achieve better work-life balance

 

It is for this reason that UK HR professionals are enthusiastically embracing technology; it is seen as a way to unlock talent and help people to work more effectively.  Other domains such as Legal and Admin, however, feel less positive given their views that "technology blurs the lines between work and home."  

 

Technology continues to transform working life.  That is true for almost anyone.  Forty-five percent of UK employees state that technology has impacted their role or career in the last year alone.  "Contrary to fears about technology blurring the lines between work and home", this survey suggests that employees actually welcome it. 

 

What is surprising to me are the views of the 16 to 24-year olds who were "least likely to view technology as helping".

 

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Ditch Work-Life Balance

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Programmers - who are known to sleep under their desks, wear pajamas all day, and code for 16 hours straight without standing up - have long been pushing against workplace mores.

Via sfMediaProf
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At a recent conference in San Francisco, Nick Floyd gave his view on work-life balance:  "Ditch it". 

 

Separating work and life in Floyd's view is outdated.  His approach?  What he calls "Nerd Life Balance" -- no longer dividing work and non-work hours. 

 

Tech companies have blurred the divide, often times providing nap rooms for employees who sit at computers 16 hours each day, continuing through the night for "hackathons".  In this philosophy, the engineering culture of the future is always thinking about work.  You're not necessarily working 16-hour days, but "your brain is kind of always thinking about work. While you're rock climbing, you're thinking about work."

 

Programmers and "techies" may resonate with "Nerd Life Balance", yet I'm not sure it's good for anyone.  Human beings are not built to be "on" 24/7.  Just as our bodies need rest, our brains do too -- every 90 minutes, according to the most recent research.  And no one should have to give their life away to any company -- technology based or otherwise. 

 

Where do you stand on the issue of work-life balance? 

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sfMediaProf's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:17 PM

If you believe, as much brain research indicates, that humans need to disconnect and relax at regular intervals -- let's hope the idea in this article does not gain traction:

According to senior engineer, Nick Floyd, the idea of work and life being separate is outdated and impractical.  Instead, he proposed something new: Nerd Life Balance, in which work and nonwork hours are no longer divided. ...