A balanced life
Generally there are four quadrants that people today work with. Some work on a particular quadrant harder than others. Others work all four at low and/or in a balance capacity. The four quadrants (no particular order) in this article we are referring too are:
Some think that it is possible to lump some or all together, such as Friends and Family “well I could arrange a big barbeque” or perhaps Work and Health – “well if I got a standing desk…?”, however, this is honestly just a workaround.
Life is full of tradeoffs
Society today tends to do these work arounds because it does not want to meet the real issue: life is full of tradeoffs. If you want to excel at your career, your friends and family has to suffer. If you want to excel in your career and marriage, your friends might have to suffer. If you decide to start a family and be healthy, your career has to suffer.
Of course, you are able to balance all four of these out equally, however this does mean that you are not giving your full attention to one area of the quadrant – thus never reaching your full potential.
Fundamentally, we are forced to choose. Be balanced, or excel in one chosen area. Some people thrive on work-life balance. Others thrive when they choose to work on one particular quadrant. However, which is the best way to handle the work-life balance problems?
Break the four quadrants into seasons
James Clear does not claim to have it all figured out, however, he does have the idea that perhaps we can break our four quadrants down into seasons. Instead of balancing all four and not being able to live to our full potential, try focussing on one of the quadrants for a season.
When you are in your 20’s you can focus more on your Career. In your 30’s, focus more on Family. See your friends regularly and look after your health. Just remember what comes first, but only for a season. That way you minimise the risk of ‘burning out’, and you can be reassured that you are making time for all the important things in life.
In the words of Nathan Barry,