When Nigel Marsh turned 40, he decided to turn his life around and address the thorny issue of work/life balance. He took a year-long sabbatical from work to spend at home with his wife and four young children, and discovered that it is quite easy to balance work and life…when you don’t have any work.
Since that time, he returned to the workforce, wrote several books on work/life balance, and now travels the world sharing his discoveries. Check out his TEDx Talk below and learn how to change your life and make room for it all.
During his hiatus from work, Marsh discovered four key observations about the pursuit of work/life balance in today’s busy world.
Consider the current imbalance in your life, and apply the above observations to those areas:
Achieving true work/life balance takes dedication. It’s not something that magically happens overnight. However, that doesn’t mean it’s difficult. Marsh recalls how an afternoon with his son doing simple activities (going to the park, having pizza, reading bedtime stories), became the child’s “best day of [his] life.” To quote Marsh, “being more balanced doesn’t mean dramatic upheaval.” Small changes can make a huge difference.
Marsh believes that the smallest investments in the right places can transform your life. And when more people transform their lives in this way, we will actually transform society. That’s because we will change society’s definition of success. It will no longer matter how much money you acquire or how nice a car you drive, but instead whether you lived well. So start living well today!
Camille Fairbanks was born and raised in Arizona and now resides in Lethbridge, AB. She received her BA in English from the University of Lethbridge; she now raises her children and her garden full time, and enjoys writing about minimalism and the Zero Waste lifestyle on her blog, The Non-Waster.