Our life based on 3 main elements, one is our own health and second is our family and third one is career. These three are tightly integrated and the change of one definitely affect the other. I attended a farewell party in one of my ex workplace, he was in late 50s and decided to retire from work, at the party his 18 years old son also attended. He started speaking about his achievements, how he built the company etc and finally looked at his son and he started literally crying because he didn't know anything about his son, he missed all of his graduations, he didn't know what he like to eat, he didn't know his favorite game, he was very much into work and couldn't spent time for his family. There are something's we can't get back and one of the main one is family especially our kids growth is ineluctable.
So all okay, if we spend more time with family, we can't advance our career, there are many people waiting in line to finish or take care of our job, aren't they? this world is competitive and opportunistic. True but not completely true. Technically, we are all not same in career point of view, we have our own strength and weakness so it is insane to think that your food is in other's hand. We all come from good education background and we can achieve what ever we want to but timing and careful planning is important.
Here are some important things we need to consider for work life balance and how to be an indispensible asset for workplace
- Are we updating the skills required to perform our job in effectively? Updating the skills regularly gives an edge to our professional life at same time helps us to finish our job on time.
- What is the unique strength of ours and how to show? Each of us has some uniqueness in our ability, that is the one differentiate factor with others. We have to identify that and enhance it at work. This gives an advantage for workplace to use us at right time for right project and we can justify our existence at the work place.
- Understanding the context and gives priority to the most important. For example, we are at our kids school for a soccer game, a call from work, from a known person he/she wouldn't call unless there is an emergency then we have to take the call.
- As far as i know from my friends experience some times family side he/she gets a sour treatment because he/she missed an important family get together or son's practice etc. I think it is because of our inability to communicate with our family about why we think the work matter is very important than the family get together.