15 Great Quotes About Work-Life Balance
Is one of your career goals this year to create a better work-life balance? Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by your commute or tired of putting your personal relationships on the back burner for an intense workload? Or, maybe you’ve seen others who have seemingly created balance between their personal commitments and their families. Now you’re wondering where and how you get some of that.
As far as we can tell, work-life balance involves a mixture of time management, commitment, and (most importantly) prioritization. It requires you to determine what mixture of professional and personal activities will offer the satisfaction you deserve.
Inspire Your Work-Life Balance Quest-
One of the best ways to inspire yourself to create better boundaries, and a healthier balance, is by learning from others who’ve won the struggle themselves.
Creating time for yourself and prioritizing time to nurture your relationships, all while driving your career momentum, is a common theme. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes for inspiration.
- “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.” —Michelle Obama, former First Lady
- “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” —Dolly Parton, Singer
- “Consistently working late is not necessarily a sign of a hard worker, but rather the inability to use time wisely.” —Victor Bretting, Entrepreneur
- “Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, and integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” —Gary Keller, Real Estate Entrepreneur
- “You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” —Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker
- “No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’” —commonly attributed to politician Paul Tsongas or Rabbi Harold Kushner
- “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” —Stephen Covey, Author and Businessman
- “Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” —Sydney J. Harris, Journalist
- “When in doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work.” —Anna Quindlen, Author
- “Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management.” —Betsy Jacobson, Author and Businesswoman
- “Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.” —Regina Brett, Author
- “Children learn to smile from their parents.” —Shinichi Suzuki, Musician and Educator
- “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” —Stephen R. Covey, Author
- “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” —Michael Altshuler, Motivational Speaker and Sales Consultant
- “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” —Carl Sandburg, Poet
Build Better Boundaries
While everyone’s situation is unique, one of the common themes is to create boundaries in your life that only you can determine—whether that’s time out during the week to volunteer in your child’s class or prioritizing sunrise yoga.
A great way to start is by analyzing what areas in your life you truly want to prioritize, and then working them into your time management priorities. For example, if you are a sunrise yoga fan but your commute prevents you from participating, consider asking your employer to flex your schedule a few days a week.
Suppose it’s about finding more time to spend with your children? Many parents have found that hybrid schedules facilitate a better balance. Without the time spent commuting they’re able to devote one-on-one time to their children that they didn’t have before.
Figure out what relaxes you and brings you the most joy. Then, determine if you’re spending enough time doing it. Many people have found that a flexible job creates the perfect work-life balance, allowing them to prioritize both work and home in ways that fit their circumstances.
If you’re ready to explore how a flexible job can help you build a more balanced life, discover all the ways that a StartWorkNow membership can help!