Maintaining a work-life balance is essential to a happy life. Here are some quotes about work-life balance from famous people that perfectly illustrate why.
What is work-life balance?
At home, you should focus on relaxation and spending quality time with your loved ones. Homelife does, of course, entail less “fun” responsibilities like paying bills or calling a handyman to fix the pipes under the bathroom sink, but they are secondary to being a good parent, child, or friend.
At work, you should focus on fulfilling your professional role to the best of your abilities. Working hours should be a time to give your all to help your company complete its goals.
Work-life balance is the line dividing those two things. If you cannot maintain a balance, your home and work lives will bleed into each other, and you will be less productive in both areas. Both your loved ones and your workmates will notice, and you will lack a sense of direction no matter where you are.
Work-life balance quotes
— Zig Ziglar, Famous Public Speaker
“You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”
A reminder that your home life should be taken into consideration when contemplating your success at work.
— Ev Williams, Twitter Co-Founder
“Take care of yourself: When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers.”
Working a lot is fine if that’s what you want to do. But remember that your activities in your home life (or lack thereof) directly contribute to work performance.
— Kathleen Booth, Marketing at IMPACT
“I used to sit in the kitchen and work until all hours of the night because my office was in the middle of the space I was in the most at that time. Now, having a separate space is really vital for keeping that balance.”
This is especially relevant right now since coronavirus is forcing so many of us to work from home.
Having physical spaces that are meant for your home and work lives, respectively, is an excellent way to keep them separate in your mind. Other physical differentiators like what outfit you’re wearing and which laptop you’re using are helpful too.
— Sophie Kinsella, Author
“To have someone who never makes a mistake, never finds her personal life in disarray, never worries about work-life balance? I think that would be unreal.”
First of all, remember that all of us struggle with work-life balance. It’s something everyone has to worry about, and no one has it 100% solved.
Second, maintaining work-life balance is not something you can “figure out” once, work into your schedule, and then stop worrying about it. Instead, it’s something you always need to keep in mind.
— Gary Keller, Real Estate Mogul
“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, and integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
Although making a mistake at work might feel like the end of the world sometimes, it’s actually very temporary compared to mistakes made in your home life. Take care never to forget about the people who need you to be there for them.
— Lisa Sugar, Popsugar Founder
“You have to balance your passions, not your time.”
There is no formula for a perfect work-life balance that works for everyone. The amount of time you should spend on each can vary, depending on how passionate you are about what you’re doing at the office.
— Jane Park, LPGA Golfer
“When I think about work-life balance, I don’t imagine it as a perfect day where I got to spend the exact right amount of time having an impact at work and snuggling with my kids at home. I never achieve that. But over the course of a month, or a quarter, or a year, I try to make time for the people and experiences I value.”
Trying to keep up the same work-life balance every day probably won’t work. In fact, it’s an inflexible way to approach the issue. Maintaining balance over the long term is feasible, though. For example, some days might be all office work, and others might be spent with family and friends.
— Matthew Kelly, Author
“Work-life balance is not an entitlement or benefit. Your company cannot give it to you. You have to create it for yourself.”
It doesn’t make sense to complain your company doesn’t give you a good work-life balance. It’s something you need to create yourself by changing either your situation or your mindset.