Are You Riding a Teeter Totter or a Tilt-A-Whirl Through Life?


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Spring is finally here. Kids are on the playground. Fair season is coming.

It has us thinking about teeter totters, Tilt-A-Whirls and work-life balance.

Are you riding a teeter totter through life?
At times, work is up. At other times, work is down and life is up.

You’re able to separate your personal and professional worlds.

You go to work. You do your job.

You go home. You enjoy time with family and friends. You engage in a hobby.

Work stays at work. Home stays at home. No blending of the two.

Up and down you go – day after day, week after week. It’s an enjoyable way to go through life.


Are you riding a Tilt-A-Whirl through life?
You rock back and forth between your personal and professional lives.

Occasionally, you may spin to the right. Round and round you go. You may even lean in to make it go faster.

You may go back to rocking back and forth slowly again. Then you may spin to the right again…or to the left.

Work may demand most of your time for a period of time. Then you ease back. At other times, you may focus on your personal world.

It’s quite a ride.

Of course, spin too much, too fast and you’ll get dizzy. You won’t be able to see clearly. Even worse, you may get sick.

But if you keep it under control, the Tilt-A-Whirl can be a fun ride.

Work-life balance versus life flow
Work-life balance, as represented by the teeter totter, has been the accepted goal for decades. It still works for many people.

If you’re one of them, more power to you.

But today, we’re connected 24/7 with our smartphones and tablets. The traditional view of work-life balance is increasingly elusive.

Many people are finding that life flow is a better concept now.

We count ourselves among them. So we’ve abandoned the teeter totter for the Tilt-A-Whirl.

This means flowing seamlessly between your personal and professional worlds.

The problem is many people feel guilty about working when they’re supposed to be playing or vice versa. So the starting point is:

Give yourself permission to flow back and forth.

That’s life on your own terms! That’s BIGG success.

Which ride suits you better – the teeter totter or the Tilt-A-Whirl?

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4 replies
  1. 'Q'
    'Q' says:

    George and Mary-Lynn,

    I love the idea of “work flow”.

    Although you also know I am fan of the teeter-totter theory (as I shared a while back in the comments section of post “Get Away or Get Back to Work” https://biggsuccess.com/2010/07/08/get-away-or-get-back-to-work/).

    As a guy with a 9-5 type job where I go to the office it’s tough to have work flow. Do you all think it’s easier for folks who are entrepreneurs to experience Work Flow?


    • George Krueger & Mary-Lynn Foster
      George Krueger & Mary-Lynn Foster says:

      Q! Yes, as you can see, your teeter-totter theory left an impression on us :D.

      Regarding your question, we don’t think balance is easier for any type of worker. While you can’t physically leave work to take care of something home-related, you may occasionally do that mentally. Just like sometimes at home, a work-related idea or thought may come into mind. What we’re getting at is…it’s best to allow both work and life to flow into each others space at times and not feel bad about it.

      In the end, the tilt-a-whirl works best for us while you are more of a teeter-totter guy. All that matters is you find a way to manage both worlds in a way that works for you.

      Great to hear from you and thanks for the engaging conversation, Q!

  2. 'Q'
    'Q' says:

    Okay George I am convinced. I think I am starting to move away from the idea of a teeter-totter.

    First your blog/podcast started my down the path of the tilt-a-whirl.

    Then I just read Mitch Joel’s book ‘Crtl Alt Delete’ where he talks about work blend and then I read this blog post by Mitch: http://www.twistimage.com/blog/archives/the-end-of-work-life-balance/

    It’s your fault (which is good) that I am changing my mind.

    I want to thank you and Mary Lynn for putting out such a great podcast and providing me new and different ways of thinking about life on my own terms!

    Don’t ever stop!


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