You seek stability, Work/Life balance, you explain.
I fail to understand your quest; what sort of balance, I ask?
Not everyone has a dream job, I understand;
Many struggle to make ends meet.
Some are tired of the physical labor;
Others, victim of mental stress.
‘Bored to death’, you exclaim!
Perhaps, there are higher priority things to do;
‘Quality time’, you imply.
A Senior yearning to take care of sick wife.
A Mom longing to meet kids after work.
A Girl planning to watch a show with fiancé.
A Millennial hosting a party tonight, every night.
I admit, corporate walls can turn you insane;
Productivity demands time-off.
Some, also have genuine reasons to escape work.
But, for most, Work/Life balance is just an excuse!
If work feels like work, the quest needs to change.
Don’t seek balance! Seek new work.
Explore stuff that you enjoy; at least, change the status quo.
Maybe a new function, a new employer,
Better colleagues, a caring boss.
Whatever it takes, find work that brings joy, not eternal exhaustion.
Work that becomes part of life.
Because, when it does, you stop seeking balance,
You start seeking excellence.
And, along comes quality of life!
If you email from an iPhone, maybe that line that automatically plugs into your signature–”Sent from my iPhone”–feels tacky, like you’re being used as a marketing arm for Apple. Or maybe you do in fact love your iPhone, but the signature makes you feel uncomfortable because you’re not the type to humblebrag.
While many have opted to turn off the setting, though, others have found professional use for it. In a post on Boston tech news site BetaBoston, WorkLife.io CEO Jasmeet Sawhney explores unintended benefits of the signature line. His ideas might convince you to reactivate your iPhone signature, or if you’re not the Apple type, to create a similar tagline on your phone. (Microsoft employs a “Sent from my Windows phone” signature on its smartphones.)
Check out Sawhney’s post for his entire ode, but a couple of his points show how the brief note can actually serve as a productivity hack.
When iPhone was first launched, these 4 words – “Sent from my iPhone” – were perceived by many as a way to flaunt your new device via emails. When I got my first iPhone, I made sure to remove the email signature fearing I would come across as a swagger. But, what started as an annoying display of status (or brand marketing for Apple), has become a very practical aid for professionals. This is primarily due to the fact that expectations and perceptions of the email recipient are very different when email comes from a smartphone instead of a desktop. It may not seem as apparent, but here are some unintended benefits of this ubiquitous signature, which beg the question – should this signature be included in some of your desktop email replies as well?
It is the light within, hiding deep beneath our skin
It holds our destiny, shapes our lives
It strikes more often than we realize
It brings us to extremes more often than we like
It makes us low and high, losers and winners, it is the light within.
It takes us far and beyond, below and under
It turns impossible into possible, possible into impossible
It drives us to excellence, leaves us doomed, it is the light within.
It propels us to achieve the unachievable, drowns us in mere existence
It transports us to heights of happiness, and wells of sorrow
It cultivates completeness, and shoves us to hollowness, it is the light within.