Balance Is Possible

Deposits in the Bank

With the chaotic pace of life in the modern world, it can be difficult to maintain focus. Emails inundate our inboxes, our kids have tee ball games to attend, and the washing machine still squeaks on spin cycle. In this video filmed at the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Donnie Smith, the President and CEO of Tyson Foods Inc., walks through his perspectives on balance. He explains the importance of constantly reevaluating the balance of life. 

It can be easy to picture work/life balance as the perfect distribution of time across our various responsibilities. But Donnie believes that tightrope act is impossible. Instead, he offers a view of balance that constantly reevaluates the time we invest in different parts of our lives. If work dominates Monday through Friday, we have to balance that with a focus on home life over the weekend.

What does your current balance of work and life look like? Are you happy with it? Why or why not?
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Donnie used the illustration of an emotional bank account. How do you invest in the accounts of your employees or coworkers? What about the accounts of your families?
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In the bank account model, what things in your week draw on the accounts of your family? How do you replace those withdrawals?
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Donnie’s view of balance is proactive—it evaluates the amount of time invested in different areas of responsibility throughout the week and then actively allots appropriate time to needful areas. How can you proactively balance your time investments this week? What will that look like?
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Balance isn’t easy. It takes energy and constant maintenance. As you go through your week, remember to take a proactive stance on balancing the time and investments you place on work, family, and fun.  

This post was taken from the course 6 Facets of Faith at Work. You can view the entire course here.

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