I’ve just learnt a new word. Do you know what a ‘morakker’ is? Well, I certainly didn’t. It’s a Danish word that means ‘work martyr’ – i.e. someone who stays at work longer than they need to. Does this sound familiar? One of the most common areas my clients want to address is their work-life balance. How is yours?
Our work culture in the UK is seemingly different to Scandinavia: here people can think they earn kudos by being at work for longer than the rest of their colleagues. They think it shows commitment, reliability and diligence, and that by putting in the most hours you will reap rewards. Alternatively, are the excessive number of hours at work a sign of lack of organisation, prioritisation and delegation? How can your life be in balance if all your do is work? It is important, or rather essential, for your mental health to spend time with your family and friends. How can you held redress the balance so that you are able to switch off from work and enjoy your leisure time?
Of course, there are times when work is genuinely crazy and you do have to put in the extra hours, but make sure that these times are the exception rather than the rule.
Start by asking yourself if you feel your life is balanced? Then ask yourself where you would like to be and what is within your control to change. Use these questions as a starting point to identify priorities and enable you to make time for everything that is important to you – not just work.
Coaching will help you decide what a good work-life balance looks like and identify the steps you need to take to achieve it.
I'm a Personal Coach who loves finding out about what makes people tick and helping them to make the changes necessary to get to where they want to go.