The Real Work-Life Balance



Majority of the workforce is now made up of people belonging mainly to two generations:  The Gen X, consisting of those born in the 1960s -80s;  and the Gen Y consisting of those born in the 1960s -2000s. Compared to their predecessors, the Baby Boomers born between the years 1946 and 1964, the younger generations are not only more comfortable in discussing long term plans and concerns on their retirement,  they are also more keen on improving the overall quality of their life by enriching their relations with people in their circle outside work.

However, with the intense demand of this digital information age to keep up with the trends, innovate, and deliver, driven individuals will still find themselves working 24/7 and exerting as much effort as their human capacity will allow.

Add to that the loads of pressure of maintaining a healthy relationship with the right individuals who will benefit from their motivating presence and who will in turn give them a positive nudge every time the going gets tough.

Let’s face it, work-life balance may have become a by-word but it is usually an impossible feat to achieve. Firstly, the demands of work have become unrealistic. Secondly, the unrealistic demands of work have made us unreal to ourselves.  Unthinking, we end up keeping our masks on to shield ourselves from the destructive pressures.  On hectic days, we let that mask stay and lead the way for us.

Here are some realizations I have had over the years, not that I am better at practicing them now because I am not.  I just find that simply remembering these truths have allowed me to take smarter choices and the right steps to achieve work-life balance:

1.   Choose your association.

2.   Choose your words.

3.   Choose your tasks.

4.   Choose your values.

5.   Choose your friends.

6.   Choose your direction.

7.   Choose your actions.

8.   Choose your vision.

9.   Choose your definitions.

10. Choose your reflections.  

Work-life balance happens when you make  your own choices – to live your life and to take action according to what is right for you. This approach is not easy, but it works!   We cannot control the trends, pressures will always happen, some days can be very challenging.   But as long as you are in charge of your choices,  work-life balance is possible on most days.


TalkShop CEO Sheila Viesca, together with her team, specializes in personal effectiveness programs that create better work relationships and better social life  for individuals and teams.  To attend her classes and book her for workshops, visit www.talkshop.ph.  TalkShop is the Philippines’ only ISO-Certified personal effectiveness training institute.

For more info, call (632) 894 5588 | 0917 853 5588.   TalkShop (since 2000), 184 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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