Today we live in a connected world. On the surface, it seems like a good thing, and in many ways, it is. But the ease of connectivity has also made it harder to delineate between work and personal time.
The fact is, expectations are now higher. We are expected to respond quickly to emails, text messages, phone calls, etc.—and not just from work, but from friends and family as well. There seems to be no boundaries.
While we are generally thriving in the connected world, many of us are also addicted to the constant connectivity. I know many people who say they’re never able to turn off because it’s simply too easy (and too expected) to stay connected. I was having a conversation with a friend earlier this week, and we agreed: achieving an optimal work-life balance often seems near impossible.
As a business owner, I oftentimes find it hard to separate the two; some days it is all work, and some days it is a combination of both. When I’m in need of a little balance, I incorporate some of my life situations with my work ones, and vice versa. For example, I might meet a J2 client or consultant for drinks, dinner or even a cigar—all things that I enjoy. I even know folks who invite clients and prospects for workouts.
Another way to maintain the harmony is to stay present in every situation by practicing what the Japanese refer to as Ichi-go Ichi-e, or “one opportunity, one encounter.” I always try to give my full attention to what’s in front of me at any given time. Sure, sometimes it’s difficult to keep myself from getting distracted, but I work at it every day.
“It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken.” – Aristotle
This weekend immerse yourself in whatever you are doing.
Have a great weekend.