What Suits You Better: "Work-life Balance" Or "Dynamic Work-life Harmony?" - The Brilliance Mine

What Suits You Better: “Work-life Balance” Or “Dynamic Work-life Harmony?”

Let’s talk about work-life balance. I’ve heard some famous speakers, even female speakers, talk about how unrealistic – and “dead” – work-life balance is. They say the term implies that work-life balance is “static.” Who came up with that idea? I think there is a better way of thinking about it – and a more suitable term.

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In this nugget, let’s talk about work-life balance. I’ve heard some famous speakers, even female speakers, talk about how unrealistic – and “dead” – work-life balance is. They say the term implies that work-life balance is “static.” Well, who came up with that idea? 

For years now, I’ve been calling it a little differently. I’ve been calling it “dynamic work-life harmony” because, clearly, it’s not static. 

There are periods in your life where a “rigorous” work-life balance is not possible. For example, when you’re on a business trip, that one area of your life – in this case, the professional area – has a front seat, and the other areas have to step back a little. Of course, you are still in touch with your family, but you’re not there physically. 

However, in the scheme of things, things have to balance out. That’s where the harmony comes in. So it’s dynamic, but it’s also harmonious. That’s the idea of dynamic work-life harmony.

I’m Curious

What are your thoughts about the term “dynamic work-life harmony” versus “work-life balance”?

Live Brilliantly,

Dr. Stephie

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Stephie Althouse

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