#56 Work Life Balance & Focus
Welcome to the FocusCast on this episode we’re talking about a little thing called work life balance. Bro, If you’re a solopreneurs or side hustler your livelihood may be depending on your direct input. So how do we balance work and life when you gotta hustle to make that next check???
00:00 Intro to Work Life Balance & Focus
00:40 Intro to Podcast
01:25 Problem with stress and focus
05:10 Solutions for Work Life Balance
- So we’re talking about work life balance. Why do we take work home with us bro, let all the stress creep into the part of the day when we’re supposed to recharge? Let’s start by reading a little excerpt from the CDC about work Stress
- Short-lived or infrequent episodes of stress pose little risk. But when stressful situations go unresolved, the body is kept in a constant state of activation, which increases the rate of wear and tear to biological systems. Ultimately, fatigue or damage results, and the ability of the body to repair and defend itself can become seriously compromised. As a result, the risk of injury or disease escalates. (Link)
- Encyclopedia of Occupational Safety and Health : conditions from chronic work stress
- Cardiovascular Disease, Musculoskeletal Disorder, Psychological Disorders, Suicide, Cancer, Ulcers, and Impaired Immune Function
- Fun Fact (NLM): The concept of work–life balance is not new to our generation or unique to our profession. The idea that one should limit the amount of time spent at work dates back to manufacturing laws of the late 1800s when the work hours of women and children were restricted. By 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act established a 44-hour work week
- Diminishing Returns at Work: Book by John Pencavel: Summary from Stanford.edu
- The declining effectiveness of long hours is manifested not only in marketable output but also in a rising probability of ill-health and accidents, and evidence of this has been found both for blue-collar workers and for white-collar workers. In short, shorter hours of work might benefit both firms and workers.
- We all have a certain point where maximum work yield has been reached and anything beyond that is less efficient.
- Harvard Business Review Study : 200 interviews with 78 business professionals in stressful highly demanding jobs.
“30% of the men and 50% of women in our sample appeared to consciously resist working long hours, describing a variety of strategies they developed for maintaining a healthier work-life balance. While the details of every individual case differed, our study suggested a common mental process that consistently helped this group of professionals to change the way they worked — and lived — for the better.”
- Pause and denormalize
- Pay attention to your emotions
- Consider your alternatives
- Implement changes
- Take breaks to walk or rest your eyes. Try the Pomodoro Technique
- You can’t keep working if you’re completely fucked up so take care of your body.
- The workload never ends and you can’t finish it all so why kill yourself over and impossible mountian of work.
- Finland ranked the happiest county 5 years in a row from the World Happiness Report.
- Statista: Their average work week is roughly 36 hours.