In a capitalist world, work frequently takes priority over all other aspects of our lives. We might neglect our own well-being in an effort to advance in professional spheres. However, striking a healthy balance between our work and personal life, also known as work-life integration, is essential if we are to improve our physical, emotional, and mental health along with our careers. Jonathan Jay is a successful dealmaker and YouTube influencer who emphasizes a balanced lifestyle for a more fulfilling life.
Working in a job or at your own business and subsequently neglecting your emotional and family lives has been widely normalized in society. Jay believes while success doesn’t come without struggle and patience, it shouldn’t cost us our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. He says balancing our personal and professional lives is vital for achieving long-term success.
While working on his Dealmakers.co.uk platform, Jay concluded that success loses value if we fail to invest in our family lives. Going through a mental and physical breakdown and having to abandon his previous project gave him insights into what he was doing wrong. He’s a different man now, happier and healthier as a result of a few necessary lifestyle changes, and encourages others to do the same. He believes that being outstanding at work can only come from a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few ideas that Jay believes can help promote a balanced life in both the home and the workplace:
Take it one step at a time
Strive for a realistic schedule rather than a perfect one, he advises. On some days, we might emphasize work more, whereas, on other days, we might have more time and energy to engage in hobbies or spend time with loved ones. He holds that finding balance takes time, not just one day. So it’s critical to stay flexible with timing and continually evaluate our progress in relation to our objectives and top priorities. He advises taking tiny steps each day toward fulfillment without focusing too much on perfection.
Find a passion project
Furthermore, Jay believes that while work is a necessary societal norm, our careers should not be stifling. Simply put, if we dislike what we do, we will not be happy. He suggests that we don’t have to enjoy every aspect of our job, but it should be interesting enough to keep us from dreading getting out of bed in the morning. Something is wrong if your job drains you and makes it hard for you to engage in the activities you enjoy outside of work.
Focus on health
According to Jay, our overall physical, emotional, and mental health should be our primary concern. Making our health a top priority helps us be better people, employees, and employers. He advises that we shouldn’t be reluctant to take off work on bad days, particularly if we experience anxiety or depression. Overworking prevents us from improving and leads to burnout. If we prioritize our health, we will take fewer sick days and be more content and effective at work.
According to Jay, we all have unique and sometimes unavoidable life commitments, and work-life balance will mean different things to different people. Balance in today’s society is a private affair; only we can choose the best way of life for ourselves.