Updated: Jun 14, 2019
Each night, the last thing I write in my notebook is tomorrow's date at the top of the next blank page. I also occasionally leave myself a note about different topics that I might want to write about so that I don't have to bore myself with a couple of "I don't know what to write about" sentences.
One that has been up there for a while is the concept of work life alignment, a term that I was introduced to by the One Percent Better Project.
While I might be playing a game of semantics, work life alignment carries a distinctly different undertone than work life balance, in my opinion. Work life balance implies that those two worlds are on parallel paths on opposite ends of the scale and should not collide.
That notion doesn't sit well with me.
I love my job. It's very demanding of my time, and in order to do my job well, I must respect those demands. I also love my family. My family also requires a significant amount of my time, and in order to be a good husband and father, I must respect those demands.
I don't know if it's possible to be truly great at fulfilling the demands of both worlds if I try to keep the two of them completely separate.
Sure, there is some compartmentalizing that takes place, but I want my family to be a part of my work, and I want my work to be a part of my family.
As a coach, I very much value a team environment that feels like family. I think that it is an absolutely essential element involved in developing a sustainable culture, and what better way to show them a living example of what that looks like than by including them in my life away from baseball. I think that having my family involved with my team lets the players know that I am more than just a coach, I am a human
I also think that having my family involved gives my family a perspective that might help them better understand why I love what I do so much.
The lessons I learn as a coach make me a better husband and father. The lessons I learn as a husband and father make me a better coach.
If I were to keep the two of them completely separate, my life would be incomplete.
While typing all of that, I thought about the idea of synergy, a concept that I really love.
Synergy - the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
What a powerful word. I'll have to write that at the top of tomorrow's page.
Work life alignment feels like an idea that will create synergy, while work life balance makes me feel like something is missing.
Work Life Alignment>Work Life Balance