If you’re like most people, you’ve probably thought about ditching it all and heading to the beach more than once. In the past few years, the pandemic has highlighted society’s unfortunate focus on careers and work to the exclusion of all else. This mindset has often led to dissatisfaction and too many long hours at work. But there seems to be an ongoing epiphany about work/life balance as more people make the time for family, travel, and relaxation. Even professionals in high-powered careers are increasingly finding ways to balance their obligations in favor of a more rounded lifestyle.
Working from Home
Working from home is no longer just a temporary solution for many people. Companies are increasingly offering to extend work-from-home options indefinitely. For families with young children and those who love to travel, work from home (WFH) options provide flexibility and do away with lengthy commutes. For many, as long as there is an internet connection, they can work from anywhere. It’s a win for everyone.
The gig economy has evolved, and freelancers are finally getting their due. Freelancers are now in high demand instead of being underpaid for long hours. The beauty of the increase in demand for freelance and contract workers is that it has triggered a rise in pay rates. The increased pay translates to freelancers being able to work fewer hours. They can also be pickier about what jobs they take, making work more enjoyable.
Hiring Specialized Support Staff
Physicians have long suffered from having to work countless hours. Part of the problem has been the need to write up notes after seeing patients, cutting into both personal time and time spent with patients. Clinics and hospitals are now turning to support services like Provider’s Choice scribe services so that doctors can focus on patient care and work more reasonable hours. Virtual assistants are another rapidly growing service for entrepreneurs trying to balance a personal life with their business commitments. Virtual assistants are handling the details to free up entrepreneurs to focus on the creative stuff and have more time for themselves.
Surviving on Less
The “less is more” approach to living is increasingly popular. When millions of people had to stop working during lockdowns, families discovered they could survive on less money if they had to. Some families chose to continue on one income or lower incomes in exchange for more freedom. Surviving on less carries over into travel options as well, with travelers more willing to search out hostels, inexpensive rentals, and unique travel options instead of luxury hotels and overpriced tourist traps.
We hope the trend toward a more balanced lifestyle continues to thrive. More time with family and friends, more time to travel, and less stress are all benefits of committing to disconnecting from the career treadmill.