Balancing Act


balance_introIn the world of Higher Education, we are often overly concerned with creating a work/life balance.  Many times we are told that this is the key to maintaining happiness in both our jobs and our lives. However, what if we look at it a different way?

This article takes a moment to question that paradigm and to discuss if maybe creating a happy work environment is more important than carving out personal time and space.

On top of that, the author hypothesizes that a busy work environment, one where employees are productive and have tasks to complete creates a happy environment. As the article states, “…employees aren’t more productive when they’re happy.  They’re happy when they’re focused, which can make them more productive as an accidental byproduct.”

I know that I’ve always felt that a busy day goes by quickly and is more enjoyable than those days where there is little to get accomplished.  And that the more tasks I have to work on and to focus on, the more I am able to get accomplished.  I also have plenty of friends that feel the same way; if their time is not scheduled with an abundance of activities, they feel unlikely to accomplish anything.

Maybe the key to happiness is to always be busy and engaged. What do you think?

Seth formal