Skip to main content

Why the whole ‘work life balance’ concept is BS

By July 13, 2018October 21st, 2019No Comments

Ever feel like you need to be three different people in three different places at once?

As a mother, chances are you often feel like you’re being pulled in so many different directions with your commitments to your family, your work and yourself.

These days more mums are working for themselves, building businesses and enjoying the flexibility – but not always the sanity – that comes with working from home while raising a family. With so many conflicting priorities, it’s easy to feel as though you are playing a game of tug-of-war that just isn’t fun anymore. This month’s article will show you how you can use the Life Sorted App to organise and streamline your work and personal commitments, making you feel calm amidst the chaos. Promise.

Why the ‘you can achieve work/life balance’ concept is flawed

Do you believe in work/life balance? I used to. That was until I discovered that it doesn’t exist. (Gasp!)

There was a time when I used to strive to achieve work/life balance. I used to think, if I could just get the balance right, then I would be able to enjoy myself more. As a perfectionist, I made it my mission to find out how others were experiencing the best of all worlds. Turns out my mission failed because the whole concept of having a work/life balance is absolute BS.

It always gives me a chuckle when I watch the movie, I Don’t Know How She Does It. Check out the trailer for a fun reminder of just how amazing you are juggling everything you do in life.

Writer, broadcaster, author, columnist, a former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, TV executive and digital empire builder, Mia Freedman, got it right when she wrote in her book, “Balance is bullshit. It’s a blunt-force instrument that women are being encouraged to use to beat ourselves around the head in the pursuit of unattainable perfection”. (From Work Strife Balance by Mia Freedman)

The truth about achieving work/life balance

Here’s your reality check: Your FAMILY, your WORK and YOURSELF are all a part of ONE life! So why do we persist with compartmentalising these areas of life as though they are separate entities? I know, revolutionary, right?!

Our community consists of ourselves, our family, our friends and our work. At any given moment one of these areas of your life will demand more or less of your time. The best way to enjoy every aspect of your life to the fullest is to remind yourself of this:

‘Wherever you are, be ALL there’.

Sounds simple but it’s a great mantra to use, especially during busy periods when you are feeling pushed from pillar to post (when is it ever not busy, right?!).

How the Life Sorted App helps you sort your WHOLE life

Your whole life consists of your work, your family and you at any given time. So, it makes sense to be able to see everything all in the one place. The Life Sorted App helps you do exactly this! Did you know that you could sync your work calendar to your Life Sorted App? Well, you can! This is super handy if you want to be able to see your work events alongside your family activities inside the Life Sorted App.

You can even delete or make changes to imported events from your Google, Apple or Outlook calendar. Update the description; add reminders, linked to-dos, and even attachments. Events will always remain in your work calendar, of course.

Final thoughts about sorting your WHOLE life with LIFE SORTED

It’s so important to streamline your life so that you don’t overlook or forget any of your commitments. Streamlining your work and family calendars by only having one app to check helps you to feel focused, organised and less overwhelmed by everything you need to do. Are you ready to feel like you are across all areas of your life or should I say – across your whole life? Make sure you’ve downloaded the Life Sorted App. Then check out these helpful videos that will teach you how to sync your Google Calendar, sync your Outlook Calendar or sync your Apple Calendar with the Life Sorted App.

I’d love to know what your number one tip is for juggling your work and family life aka life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Jo Burgess

Jo is the creator of Life Sorted, one of the highest rated family organizers on the app stores. She’s proud to be helping thousands of families live a happier life together, by giving them a way to keep their family’s events, birthdays, to-dos, shopping lists and reminders in one place.

Leave a Reply