If you are sick and tired of listening to everyone’s advice about your life and how you should live it, then you need to listen to these work-life balance Ted Talks right now!
Everyone told you that to be happy in life you needed to go to school, have a career, get married, and have a family.
Well, here you are doing exactly what they said and guess what, you are not happy!
You actually feel unfulfilled, and your confidence is shot!
You feel like you can’t give your best at work and you can’t give your best at home.
You are drained and tired.
Why did you work so hard to have all of these accomplishments only for them to make you feel like shit?
You think well maybe after this next degree or after I buy this bigger house, I’ll be happy.
Guess what, you’re wrong!
If you are not happy with what you accomplished so far in life, what makes the next goal your end all and be all?
You have to stop thinking like this!
You need to find your purpose again in your career and in your personal life.
What you need is work-life balance!
And I have just the thing to help.
These 11 work-life balance Ted Talks will help you to define what work-life balance means to you as well as give you some amazing tools on how you can apply it to your life.
Let’s dig in..
How to make work-life balance work -Nigel Marsh
“People are working long hard hours at jobs they hate, to earn money to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.”
That statement hit home in so many ways!
The culture that you live in praises possessions over your emotional, physical, and psychological well being.
You slave all day trying to gain these things to show off to others:
- You don’t know
- You don’t even like
So you can gain their respect and make them envy you?
Why does that matter when you don’t like them and you don’t know them?
Sounds pretty dumb right?
This is why you are unhappy! You are not taking the time to put things that truly matter first.
Nigel discusses how engaging in tiny, yet meaningful experiences that enrich your well being on all levels, (emotional, intellectual, and physical), on a day to day basis, will help you to create the work-life balance you’ve been craving!
He believes that you need to be purposeful in all that you do whether it is leisure or work.
Off Balance On Purpose: The Future of Engagement and Work-Life Balance -Dan Thurmon
So we have all heard of work-life balance, right?
I mean if you are reading this post, then you are desperately searching for some balance in your life.
You are tired of being overwhelmed and stressed out about every single little thing when you should be happy and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
If that’s the case, then this work-life balance Ted Talk is a must-see!
Dan Thurmon puts a twist on what you consider work-life balance.
He challenges you to live off balance on purpose!
He states that there is no way that you can be in balance ever. He also gives many brilliant ways on how you can enjoy your life and stress less.
Setting Work-Life Boundaries -Carlos Hidalgo
Carlos Hidalgo provides an interesting perspective on work-life balance that I bet you have never heard of!
He believes that instead of trying to balance it all, you should set work-life boundaries.
In his work-life balance Ted Talk, Carlos explains that you should take pride in your work and work hard, but it should not be the center of all things.
Remember that and repeat after me, because that is a gem!
It is okay to take pride in your work and work hard, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE THE CENTER OF ALL THINGS!
Okay, back to where we left off.
Carlos believes that by establishing work-life boundaries, you establish times when you work hard and a time when you work on your relationships.
He provides a very interesting perspective that totally makes sense and makes you think what boundaries can I set so that I am feeling fulfilled in life.
How To Gain Control Of Your Free Time -Laura Vanderkam
Do you constantly feel busy and overbooked?
I know you do!
With work, kids, your spouse, your friends, (I should have put work down three times since it takes up so much freaking time), you constantly feel like you don’t have time to spend on yourself, right?
Well, let me ask you a question.
Have you ever tracked how much time you spend on tasks that you do each week?
I mean really track every single thing you do from brushing your teeth to going to get a coffee, picking up the kids, or completing that work project.
I bet you haven’t.
If that’s the case, then you definitely should.
I am telling you that you will be so surprised at how much free time you actually have!
You will notice that you can get so much more done if you use your time wisely.
In this work-life balance Ted Talk, Laura Vanderkam, who is a time management expert, talks about how we all have 168 hours each week to get things done.
From her findings, Laura realizes how we drastically overestimate our commitments and underestimate the time we have to ourselves.
She tells real stories about real people who she helped gain time and life a more fulfilled life.
Best of all, she gives amazing strategies and tips on how you can find more time to do what matters most to you so that you too can live a more fulfilling life.
How To Turn Busy Into Balance -Sara Cameron
You are very busy!
You have your family, friends, work, hobbies, “me time”, that if you have to fit something else into your already jam-packed schedule, you will scream bloody murder!
Here you are multitasking, on a conference call while finishing up an email, so that you can get everything on your to-do list checked off.
If this is your life, then this work-life balance Ted Talk is for you!
Sara Cameron knows that we are all busy and instead of trying to not be busy, she shares healthier ways to manage it, or what she calls balance it.
She presents some interesting beliefs such as there is no such thing as multitasking. She believes that “multitasking” is why you feel mentally and physically checked out and challenges you to focus singularly on what you are doing.
Sara also believes that you should take more moments of peace in your life so that you feel better about the life you created.
The Fallacy of the Work/Life Balance -Michael Walters
Have you ever listened to what someone is saying and think about whether you agree or not?
If you’ve felt that way and love for your notions to be challenged, then you have to check out this work-life balance Ted Talk.
Michael believes that you can never achieve work-life balance because work is a part of life.
It is not separate.
You can have a life without work but you can’t have work without life.
He goes on to explain that we need to focus on creating work-life harmony and interact with all of the important areas of our life.
Take a look and really think about his concept of work-life balance and his explanation on how you can achieve harmony.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below!
Switch Work/Life Balance To Work/Life Integration -Brent Barootes
Is there really a way to separate work and life?
Brent Barootes doesn’t believe so.
He states that instead of stressing on how you can balance work and your personal life, you should just accept that there is no work-life balance.
Since many of us no longer work the traditional 9 to 5, there is no possible way to balance the two separately.
You can’t switch one-off and do the other.
Work and life are not two separate silos anymore, they overlap.
Instead, you need work-life integration.
In this work-life balance Ted Talk, Brent challenges you to change your thinking so that you can thrive and be happy.
Blending Work and Family: You Are Not Alone. -Dr. Bahira Sharif Trask
Working and having a family is hard!
You want to be there for all the moments your kids have but you have to provide for them because guess what, those kids need to eat!
If you are looking to blending work and family then you definitely need to see this Ted Talk by Dr. Bahira Sharif.
Dr. Bahira Sharif has over 20 years of research in studying work-life family balance.
She helps influence programs and policies that can help strengthen families.
From her research, she realizes that there is no such thing as work-life balance.
Instead, she gives 6 ways, that you can implement today, to take back your life.
Check out the link above and listen to this work-life balance Ted Talk so you can have control of your life again.
I Don’t Believe In Work Life Balance -Andrew Agerbak
Do you believe in work-life balance?
Or do you believe that it is some magical term that some snarky psychologists made up so that you can internally feel bad about yourself?
In this work-life balance Ted Talk by Andrew Agerbak, Andrew argues that the more you focus on work-life balance the harder it will be.
Instead, you should shift your mind to focus on fulfillment inside of work and outside work.
Managing Life’s Opportunities As A Working Mother -Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
Working this day and age is hard!
There are no set hours to when you go to work and to when you can leave work at work!
Therefore work comes home and home goes to work. It’s a never-ending cycle!
What makes it even harder is being a mother on top of trying to work.
If you understand everything I just wrote, then listen to the work life balance Ted Talk by Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
In her Ted Talk, Stephanie talks about how when we want it all, the opportunities of life overwhelm us.
She then provides solutions for managing life’s hard times that are actionable and can be applied to your life to help put out your life’s “fires”.
Work Life Balance: Balancing Time Or Balancing Identity? -Michelle Ryan
Okay, so this is a different take on work-life balance then what I shared with you above.
In this work-life balance Ted Talk, Michelle Ryan questions why there are few women who are CEO’s, surgeons, or part of the police force.
She states that many people believe it is because women want work-life balance.
People believe that women want to be home, have kids, and live a more meaningful life.
From her research, Michelle found this to be false.
Michelle explains that it is not work-life balance that women are searching for in careers but more familiar faces.
She believes that because men tend to dominate these fields, women don’t see themselves and tend to believe, I can’t do it instead of I can do it.
Take a look at this work-life balance Ted Talk and let me know in the comments how do you feel about what she says?
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Work Life Balance Ted Talk
As you can see from these work-life balance Ted Talks, everyone has a different idea of what work-life balance is and isn’t.
Some believe that it can be achieved while others believe that it is a complete waste of time and mental space.
Now, that you watched all of the work-life balance Ted Talks, which one did you connect with more?
Or did none of them help you?
Either way, let me know in the comments!
Remember Love Always and Spread Bliss,
P.S. How could I forget?!!
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