Work-life balance

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Work-life balance

Work-life balance (pronunciation: /wɜːk laɪf ˈbaləns/) is a term used to describe the equilibrium that an individual needs between time allocated for work and other aspects of life. Areas of life other than work-life can include personal interests, family and social or leisure activities.


The term 'work-life balance' is believed to have been first used in the late 20th century. This concept stemmed from the demands and desires of working professionals to balance their work responsibilities with their personal life.


Work-life balance is a state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one's career and the demands of one's personal life. Some of the common reasons that lead to a poor work-life balance include increased responsibilities at work, lack of proper time management, pressure to perform at peak levels all the time, and lack of personal time due to job demands.


Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important for both physical and mental health. When a person neglects one part of their life, it can have negative impacts on overall happiness, relationships, and health. A good work-life balance ensures that an individual is able to give their attention and energy to other important parts of their life, like family and hobbies, without work-related interruptions or stress.

Related Terms

  • Burnout: A state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.
  • Stress: A feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.
  • Time management: The process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency, or productivity.

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