Work/Life Synthesis

We spend most of our lives at the office. That’s why it’s incredibly important that we really enjoy what we do.

Instead of focusing on work/life balance, focus on “weaving” the two together. Connect ideas from work projects to side-projects at home. Work is a laboratory where we can afford to experiment and learn from aggregate data.

Work is also a place where we become better communicators. If we can’t explain and justify things effectively to our co-workers chances are we can’t do it at home either.

At the same time, there are certain things we do at home that carry over into work. We want to rest, play, and feel healthy. More companies are allowing for meditation and 20% time at work.

Work/life balance is ultimately about flow. The flow of learning, loving, exercising, and having autonomy in the office and at home. Boredom and burnout are the enemies.

Work and life have to benefit each other. They both have to be meaningful. Who doesn’t want to leave a dent in the world?

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.