Inspirational Quotes About Work-Life Balance

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Balancing work and life is never easy, especially these days when workers are constantly in contact with each other via mobile devices and laptop computers that can make it so easy to bring work home at the end of the day. It can be even more complicated when you telecommute and are trying to juggle working from home with your life at home.

But, it’s important to take care of yourself (and your family) emotionally and physically. So, in the spirit of self-care, perhaps these inspirational quotes can help you focus on what's most important for you and remind you to maintain a work-life balance.

Quotes to Help You Find Your Work-Life Balance

"Women, in particular, need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list." — Michelle Obama

"The biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed.

I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less." — Anna Quindlen

"Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life." —  Dolly Parton

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." — Sydney Harris

"It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken." — Aristotle

"I have the feeling that in a balanced life one should die penniless. The trick is dismantling." — Art Garfunkel

"Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important." — Stephen R. Covey

"Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful." — Alexander Kjerulf

"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down." — Lily Tomlin

"Burnout is about resentment. Preventing it is about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you're giving up that makes you resentful." — Marissa Mayer

"You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. And thinking that way empowers you to work really hard for a really long period of time." — Marissa Mayer

"Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away." — Barbara de Angelis

"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing." — Harriet Braiker

"A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish." — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"The Gift of Balance in Your Life - May you find the balance of life, time for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing ends up creating stress that no one needs in their life." — Catherine Pulsifer

"I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work." — Beyonce

"Don't confuse having a career with having a life." — Hillary Clinton

"It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade." — Henry Ward Beecher

"Find your balance and stand with it. Find your song and sing it out. Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance. Find the questions that only you know how to ask and the answers that you are content to not know." — Mary Anne Radmacher

"Better learn balance. Balance is key." — Mr. Miyagi

"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it." — Charles Buxton

"Balance activity with serenity, wealth and simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following." — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be." — Anonymous

"Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man's being." — Orison Swett Marden

"It's a paradox. How does one balance living in the now with preparing responsibly for the future? The key to this dilemma lies in the distinction between "worrying about the future" and "preparing for the future." The two concepts are not at all the same." — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” — Heather Schuck

"Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices." — Betsy Jacobson

"We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance."​ — Dr. Kathleen Hall

"I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time." — Oprah Winfrey

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony." — Thomas Merton

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