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Work, life integration; intentional living 


In what ways do you take care of yourself? Self-care is defined as any intentional pursuit we engage in to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. This year, Strathmore University has dedicated September as “Self-Care” month. To kick start the self-care month, Thrity Engineer- Mbuthia – (Executive Coach at Strathmore University Business School (SBS), and Acting Chairperson – Chartered Institute of Marketing – CIM, Kenya ) and Kimunya Mugo – (Executive Leadership Coach, SBS ), engaged the audience on different elements around the theme: Work, life integration; international living on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

What is the difference between work-life balance and work-life integration?

Work-life balance is the amount of time a person gives to their professional and personal lives, respectively. It seeks to achieve an ideal state where your work and life coexist and thrive separately. However, technological advances and our eminent reliance on our devices are making home and work balance to become a thorn in the flesh. On the other hand, work-life integration is about bringing work and life closer together. It aims to bond your personal and work life together, so they complement instead of competing. Every task in your day is a part of the greater goal.

How do you create a work-life integration? 

Firstly, identify what your needs are. Everyone’s life is different so choose to organize your professional and personal engagements to what works for you. Strive to prioritize your tasks first. Secondly, make a timetable. Since you know what needs to be done, planning for it should be a walk in the park. For example, if you work better in the morning aim to achieve most of your vital tasks earlier to avoid burnout. Also, allow yourself to rejuvenate when tired. Thirdly, synchronize your engagements. For example, if you have a family, plan to allow times when you can be together for meals or social activities. Fourthly, let productivity override the clock. For example, focus on the value you bring forth by setting personal goals; it will motivate you to be at your best instead of always watching the clock. Lastly, have some limits. It would be a mistake to think that you can merge life and work completely. So, pay attention to what matters most. As John Maxwell says, many are connected but only a few communicate.

As you seek to rediscover how to integrate work and life. Remember that people come first. Also, rethink where to invest most of your efforts because what you do for others is immortal. Also, appreciate that life is short. You are here today and gone tomorrow so be intentional in what you do so you can achieve a more meaningful life. Over and above that be kind to yourself, celebrate life, and revitalize yourself because you cannot pour from an empty cup.


This article was written by Annete Karanja.


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