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Working to Live vs. Living to Work: How to Strike a Balance

Are you a professional who often struggles between the idea of “working to live” or “living to work?” While both mindsets have their pros and cons, it’s best to avoid an extreme mindset and instead, focus on striking a balance between your work life and personal life. Achieving a better sense of work-life balance can result in greater fulfillment in every aspect of your life. Here are some tips for finding a balance that allows you to live life to its fullest – both personally and professionally:

Find a job you love.

Though it’s certainly easier said than done, finding a job that genuinely brings you joy and happiness can go a long way in improving your quality of life. Exploring different career paths and employment opportunities can help you identify what jobs fit best with your skills, interests, and passions. If you’re in the process of figuring out your long-term career goals, temporary work can play a major role in helping you find the job of your dreams, giving you a chance to learn about different types of work environments and industries. Once you ultimately land a job you love, going to work every day will bring you great satisfaction. If finding job opportunities has been challenging, consider working with a staffing firm that can connect you with job openings that match your qualifications and interests. In some cases, you may find that a temporary or contract-to-hire position affords you the unique opportunity to launch a successful full-time career once you’ve become acclimated with an employer and proven you have what it takes to excel.

Take care of yourself.

If you don’t make the time or effort to take care of yourself, nobody else will. Making your physical and mental health a priority – no matter how stressful or busy you are with work – is essential for achieving a work-life balance that allows you to be successful in every aspect of your life. If you’re not feeling your best, it’s nearly impossible to perform at a high level at any job. Neglecting your health is also likely to cause your personal life to suffer, as it will be more difficult to fulfill personal commitments and obligations. It’s important to remember that making time for your health isn’t just about exercising and nutrition. Even simple things, such as engaging in hobbies, getting enough rest, and taking vacations, are all part of healthy living.

Build relationships in the workplace.

Building relationships in the workplace can set the stage for lifelong friendships that bring you greater fulfillment and satisfaction not just at work, but in your personal life. Research repeatedly shows that friendships can boost your health, well-being, and happiness – elevating your mood and increasing productivity. Friendships have many benefits in the workplace, fueling excitement and offering emotional support when you need it most. When friendships transcend beyond the workplace, you can build a support system that helps you thrive at your job and outside the office. Growing your social circle at work can have a transformative effect on how you perceive your job, giving you more meaning and purpose in your day-to-day routine.

Combine your personal and professional interests. 

Who says you can’t work where you play? Mixing business with pleasure doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot! One of the most effective ways to balance your career and personal interests is to forge them together. This requires you to think outside the box and consider how you can leverage your professional skills in a way that lets you live out your passions. For instance, have you always had an interest in a certain food product? If you’re open to a manufacturing position, you may have an opportunity to work in the facility that makes one of your favorite food items. Or, have you always had an interest in the medical field? You may want to explore administrative positions at a local medical office where you can play an active role in a healthcare setting. Reflecting on what sparks your interests can often lead you to jobs that ignite your passions and contribute in a way that’s most rewarding to you as a person.


Whether you’re making a career shift or still in the beginning stages of your professional journey, it’s never too late to improve the quality of your life. Following the tips above can help you make fundamental changes that have a long-lasting impact on how you view your work and life as a whole.


Does it seem impossible to find work that you enjoy? By working with a reputable staffing firm, you’ll have an opportunity to explore a multitude of jobs and industries. Contact the staffing experts at HH Staffing, a top Florida staffing firm, and get connected with dozens of new employment openings!


Until Next Time,


Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant

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Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.