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November 14, 2014

The Truth About Life Balance

Life balance is a hot topic in our over-worked, over-scheduled and over-connected culture. It’s something each of us wants, but few of us achieve. That’s because we’re confused about what it means. Recently, a coaching client asked me, “Does life...

Life balance is a hot topic in our over-worked, over-scheduled and over-connected culture. It’s something each of us wants, but few of us achieve.

That’s because we’re confused about what it means.

Recently, a coaching client asked me, “Does life balance mean I’m supposed to spend 50% of my time at home and 50% of my time at work?”

Absolutely not! That’s not realistic.

Life balance isn’t about a 50/50 split. It’s about being 100% present.

The word balance also makes us believe everything in our lives should be divided equally. It’s almost as if we should split our days into perfectly equal parts, with time dedicated to our spouse, children, exercise, faith, work, volunteering, hobbies and every other commitment in our lives.

But that’s not it either.

Life balance isn’t about doing everything for an equal amount of time. It’s about doing the right things at the right time.

This year I’ve been traveling all over the country with our EntreLeadership team and speaking to thousands of small-business owners about life balance. I teach them how to get ahead in their businesses and how to have a life at the same time.

In my keynote lesson, I explain what leaders can do to figure out their own versions of life balance. I also walk them through the specific steps they need to create it.

But this message isn’t just for business leaders. After each event, people usually line up to ask me where they can get a copy of this message to take home.

Why? Because they want to share it with a spouse or friend or parent who really needs to hear it too.

And now I’m excited to announce that as of this week, you can too. The audio lesson is now available on daveramsey.com. You can download it today and regain control of your personal time, career and commitments.

It’s time to create a truly balanced life that works for you.

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  1. I have thought about this often. For the longest time I didn’t think there was a balance. I have since come to the conclusion that asking “what is the proper work life balance?” is the wrong question. We should ask what our goals are and then adjust our time usage to fit our goals. Thinking in terms of goals vs. “work life balance” reframes the problem. We may have come to the same conclusion whether way but by looking at goals we can understand better why we are spending our time in particular ways.