“Its One Life” idea for this blog came from the book, “The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today”. In this book it was mentioned that the Millennials (born between 1981-1997) do not feel a separation between work life, personal life or social life and consider everything to be just one life. It was a “aha moment” which made me realize that the workplace will be undergoing (or has undergone for some companies) a huge transformation and all the stuff on work-life balance is now archaic. There is no work life and personal life. Its all one life!
So, this insight gave me a new perspective. The perspective that a mindset change is needed. A change in thinking. A change in the mental imagery. The images of juggling balls or spinning plates with each ball or plate representing the separate categories of life need to be pulled out of our minds. Also, these images give an impression of how hard one needs to work to maintain a balance. In other words these images are negative and highlight the difficulties rather than possibilities. A new image is needed. Image of harmony. Image of harmony not by rigorous non-stop hard work but by default. Image that says “its one life and so lets enjoy every aspect of it”
So, the focus of this blog will be primarily on integrating work life as part of “Its One Life” concept. Focus will be on breaking down the barriers that have been erected to separate work life from personal life. Making work more fun. And the expected outcome is simple – “improve productivity“.