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Fragmentation Leads to Stress

Futurists commonly predict that we are moving away from separate personal and professional lives towards a life where our personal and professional lives are fully integrated.

For many of us, our lives have developed as fragmented sections or compartments. We are one way at work, and altogether different in our personal life. This leads to a split personality: the work persona and the home persona and never the twain shall meet. Our feelings get left at home, and the very fabric of what makes us human gets left out of the workplace.

How do you integrate yourself as a whole person into your career, profession or business? Most success models are based on how much money you have, however, this is a very limited view of life. True success includes money, health, relationship, career, self-expression, and spirituality.

Traditionally, our personal lives are viewed as separate and distinct from our professional lives. And yet, the state of our personal life has a dramatic impact on our productivity, stress, and performance.  The basic rule applies: less fragmentation = less stress.

What can you do to integrate more of yourself in all areas – professional and personal?

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3 Comments

  1. Joyce

    I think most people separate their “personal” from the “professional” because firstly it had been traditionally separated before.. and that is the “older” way of thinking… vs the younger trendier way of integrating homelife and business /worklife… The internet age bridges the “2 lives”… and with new communication tools facilitating social and business networking , time collapses and there is no separation really… so when one tries to “separate” biz and homelife, there is a fragmentation just thinking about it!

  2. This is something that I have wondered about – I too think that bringing the two closer together will relieve some stress. Less hats to put on.

  3. This makes a lot of sense that this separation causes stress, because from my experience one definitely affects the other both ways. I wondered what creates this need to separate in the first place, or is it just because its what we have been taught that this is the way to cope?

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