“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management.”
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from:
**Being present in the moment
**Focusing on purpose
**Being curious, warm, kind, and compassionate
Jacobson (n.d.) and Mansukhani (2016)
During summer 2020 I was a member of the Science of Well-Being course. This course has open enrollment and is free. The course focuses on increasing personal happiness and building more productive habits. During my participation in the course, I wrote a 3-part blog series Well-Being: Self Exploration (April, May, and June). I saw the sketchnote I share today in Happiness Lab Facebook Group. So, my next question as I continue to “explore” is “I wonder what the difference is between work-life balance and mindfulness?”
Ellard (2015) suggests that mindfulness is not better than work-life balance, or the other way around. There is no good, better, best, right, or wrong way to learn skills to achieve this outcome. With both mindfulness and work-life balance, we want the same outcome: easy joy and meaningful engagement with the roles, responsibilities and relationships that make up life – including the relationships we have with ourselves and those with whom we work. Let’s ditch the discussion around the labels and focus instead on creating these environments where we can make the choice for mindful, balanced, integrated life (para 2 & 7).
Being mindful about life balance – is not just about being aware of what is happening around you. It is also about being fully present in the moment. By doing so, you can experience more productivity, a higher quality of life, and improve your well-being.