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In this episode Joel and Antonia reject the idea of a work life balance and suggest an alternative way to see work and life.

In this podcast on the work life balance you’ll find:

  • The structure of civilization supported work life balance in the past especially in the Industrial age. There was a clear definition between things to do at work versus things to do at home. There used to be a definite time to do work related activities and a definite time to spend with loved ones at home thus making work life balance easier to attain during that time.
  • We are currently in an over communicated time wherein we are so much tethered to communication devices and technology that keep us connected to the world. These allow us to stay on top of things but in turn create a very demanding intensity of workload making it a great challenge and somehow a confusion to have work life balance nowadays.
  • Work life balance applies to a structure where there is a need to close one’s self from certain environment and situations. This kind of compartmentalization may appeal to some people but it is now becoming a trend for companies to provide their employees work which allows them some freedom from it.
  • Since everything is becoming integrated nowadays, work life balance seems to be a non workable ideal. Instead of work life balance, consider work life integration.
  • Integration is better than separation. Instead of compartmentalizing things which is done in work life balance, integration of important components of life allows us to take more control of our increasing workloads.
  • Full engagement, full focus and doing things one at a time are some of the ways to integrate components of work and life.
  • Overestimating things that we can do is overwhelming and very idealistic that it becomes impossible to attain goals.
  • There is an existing belief in society that there is something wrong in achieving things without struggle. Deprogramming ourselves from that belief and instead creating personal development goals that incorporate all components of work and life allows us to experience pleasure along the way making such goals so much easier to attain.
  • Personality hacker is fundamentally about being part of your own personal growth and development journey.
  • Know whether Work life balance or Work life integration best works for you.

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  • Mark
    • Mark
    • January 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I personally don’t do the new years resolution thing and probably never have. I like to keep life simple and try to prioritize my time around the people in my life.

    Great podcast and thanks.

  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • January 13, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Thanks Robert for sharing your perspective and the kind supportive words. Antonia and I both thrive on feedback and encouragement – so thank you.

  • Robert
    • Robert
    • January 13, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Joel and Antonia, thank you for your discussion about healthy lifestyle structure in a 24/7 connected world, I needed to hear this! For me, much tighter limits on connectivity (internet etc) has greatly helped, redirecting energy and focus into those parts of my life that make the most difference in the long term. I begin and end each day with ‘Private Victories’ this builds deep capacity then I reach out with ‘Public Victories’ to enjoy deeper connection with my peers. This year my mantra is “Real Conversations” (not texts, not emails). What I heard from you two in this podcast is a “Real Conversation” beautiful example! Robert (Authenticity/Explorer)

  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • January 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been doing some serious thinking and writing on this topic. Thanks for sharing on here with us Leon.

  • Leon
    • Leon
    • January 11, 2015 at 4:17 am

    I am writing about how right now in the form of artistically-composed short essays. Basically my essays in a nutshell: it comes down to realizing we are living in hierarchical relationships to one another, and basing our self-esteem on that. We live in a pyramid, those at the bottom feel inferior, and those at the top feel superior. However, neither side, even the top, experience wholeness or know what their potential is. This is because the pyramid is constructed, so people only exist in relation of their superiority or inferiority to someone else. They live in accordance to a formula for beauty, success, tastes, etc. However, everyone is unique, so living anywhere in the pyramid is a lie and gives no fulfillment. My approach is to show people intrapersonal fulfillment, because this attracts people since they are concerned about their own health. Then I suggest to have this, we must live interdependently, not hierarchically—this realization alone cleans the thoughts and makes them healthier. The hierarchical view may make you feel powerful, but that power is illusory, and even when it makes you feel powerful, there is an inner sickening or hollowing emptiness. By getting beyond hierarchy, the individual mind becomes healthier. So, how to change the current system? It takes time, it takes a multifaceted approach. As my interests is in psychology, I address one of these facets. I want to prepare others psychologically for the transition to a new system.

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