Establishing and maintaining a healthy work/life balance is something many of us aspire to but struggle to achieve. As my professional and personal lives progressed over the last 10 years, and my responsibilities grew, striving for balance felt increasingly like the wrong goal for me.
This notion came into sharper focus when Jeff Weiner introduced me to the idea of aiming for “harmony” rather than “balance” in life. “Balance” means a state of equilibrium, while “harmony” means agreement or a pleasing arrangement of parts. I love my work, but it pales in comparison to how much I love my family and personal life. These two parts of my life could never achieve balance because they are not of equal value to me. So rather than attempt to balance two inherently unequal parts, I’ve found the pursuit of a harmonious integration of those parts to be much more fulfilling. I now strive for harmony in my life, and here are a few techniques that have helped me achieve it: