Get A Balanced Life Month – January 2022

Get A Balanced Life Month is celebrated for the full month of January every year. The best way to start the year is by figuring out how to balance your life between work and pleasure. As important as it is to ‘get that bread’, it is equally important to plan out days when you can breathe and have me-time. Planning the perfect balance can make life less stressful. Get A Balanced Life Month is celebrated in January to cultivate a good habit at the start of the year and hopefully see it through till the end.

History of Get A Balanced Life Month

Until the early 20th century, blue-collar workers had to work between 70 to 100 hours per week. During the Industrial Revolution in England, factory workers would work six days a week for 16 hours per day. There was no work-life balance during this time. Work was the main priority.

In the 1920s, Henry Ford established the ‘nine to five’ workday and it quickly became mainstream. This systemic change occurred due to several years of pressure from North American labor organizations. However, this idea was not a completely new one. In 1817, Welsh manufacturer and labor activist, Robert Owen came up with the phrase “eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest.” The idea was to divide a workday into three equal parts.

After establishing the ‘nine to five’ workday, Henry Ford realized that workers were more productive while working for a shorter duration of 40 hours per week than the initial 70 to 100 hours. Due to this success, the 40-hour working week became a part of U.S. labor laws in 1940. On October 24, 1940, as a result of years of worker movements, the U.S. government amended the Fair Labor Standards Act and introduced the 40-hour workweek. This working standard was adopted by various other manufacturing companies around the world. This law allowed workers to have more time to spend with their family and friends.

Get A Balanced Life Month timeline

1817
Robert Owens Introduces Work-Life Balance

Welsh manufacturer and labor activist, Robert Owen coins the phrase “eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest” to divide the workday into three equal parts.

20th Century
The Lack of Work-Life Balance

During the Industrial Revolution, factory workers normally have to work for 70 to 100 hours a week.

1920s
Ford Establishes the ‘nine to five’ Workday

Inspired by Robert Owen, Henry Ford establishes the ‘nine to five’ workday in his factories.

1940
The 40-hour Workweek is Normalized

The U.S. government amends the Fair Labor Standards Act and introduces the 40-hour workweek after seeing an increase in workers’ productivity.

Get A Balanced Life Month FAQs

How do you maintain balance in life?

The best way to maintain balance in life is to plan your time. Create a work schedule that allows you to rest and stick to it. 

Why is a balanced lifestyle important?

A balanced lifestyle goes a long way when it comes to sustaining a healthy lifestyle. It helps us give our best both at work and off work. 

What is a balanced life?

Having a balanced life means finding time for things you want to do; while also not overlooking the things you need to do. Find a balance between your responsibilities and things that please you. 

How To Celebrate Get A Balanced Life Month

  1. Indulge in some me-time

    If you have been waiting for the perfect month to take some time off, then your time is now! Go on a holiday, eat delicious food, and treat yourself.

  2. Use a planner

    There is nothing like a personal planner to help plan a balanced life. Buy one and get planning!

  3. Spread the message

    Inform others about Get A Balanced Life Month on social media or through your friend groups. Be an inspiration for some much-needed change.

5 Facts About Work-Life Balance That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. A poor work-life balance

    94% of workers in the American service industry work over 50 hours a week.

  2. The work never stops

    Many Americans work extra hours at the office and even take their work home and work on the weekend.

  3. Many Americans think they are workaholics

    48% of American professionals believe themselves to be workaholics and barely take time off to relax.

  4. Potential employees strive for a healthy balance

    While looking for a job, 72% of people consider their work/life balance.

  5. Many working Americans experience burnouts

    According to a survey, 77% of Americans with full-time jobs reported experiencing burnout at least once due to stress from work.

Why We Love Get A Balanced Life Month

  1. You only live once

    All work and no time to rest is not the best way to live. Try finding the right balance between both because you only live once.

  2. We can prioritize our time

    Balancing our time helps us to plan and make time for important things. It is necessary to have our priorities set out.

  3. It is good for our mental wellbeing

    Having a work-life balance can do wonders for our mental health. We can avoid burnout and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Get A Balanced Life Month dates

YearDateDay
2022January 1Saturday
2023January 1Sunday
2024January 1Monday
2025January 1Wednesday
2026January 1Thursday

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