17 Work-Life Balance Quotes for 2020

Rachel Gomez

Rachel Gomez | September 10, 2020

The transition from in-office work to working from home happened practically overnight for most people earlier this year, due to COVID-19.

Working from home can be challenging even for folks who have done it for years, and often takes a period of adjustment to establish a productive routine for remote work. Our attention is pulled in different directions throughout the day, and it can be challenging to prioritize our work, health and wellness, family, and personal interests. Very quickly, the line between work and personal life can become blurred. 

Unfortunately, this year most people did not have time for an eased transition or to plan a structured home workday, with stress from the pandemic being high and timelines to move remote short. Many parents have had to care for their children or parents during the workday, too, creating situations where people are working two jobs simultaneously. This can lead to extreme burnout for remote workers if you don’t take the time to focus on yourself.

Now more than ever, it’s important to try to take a break and set clear boundaries between work and personal time. If you can take time to breathe and reset, it will undoubtedly help you be more productive during work hours, and lower your risk of burning out.

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For some quick inspiration to get you thinking, check out these work-life balance quotes.

Work Life Balance Quotes

  1. “Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
  2. “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” —Dolly Parton
  3. “We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” —Arianna Huffington
  4. “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” —Carl Sandburg
  5. “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” —Mother Teresa
  6. "Over time, I've found two things to be very important. This is a bit cliche and everybody says this but it's really true: Rest is very important. And time off is very important. Most people that I know do their best work after proper rest." – Gonçalo Silva, CTO of Doist

Work life balance quote from Gonçalo Silva

Self Care WFH Quotes

  1. "We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list." – Michelle Obama
  2. “You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. It’s natural to look back and mythologize the long nights and manic moments of genius, but success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.” ―Andrew Wilkinson
  3. “So find your rhythm, understand what makes you resentful, and protect it. 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
  4. “Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.” – Betsy Jacobson
  5. “You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey
  6. “I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” – Beyoncé
  7. “You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do.” – Katie Thurmes

Work life balance quote from Michelle Obama

Inspirational Remote Work Quotes

  1. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  2. “I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” – Anna Quindlen
  3. “You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” – Heather Schuck
  4. "Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be." – Shonda Rhimes

Work life balance quote from Shonda Rhimes

Take time for yourself and stick to your work-life balance as you work from anywhere. Overwork leads to burnout which will make it hard to get motivated and produce good work.

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Editor's note: This post was originally published on August 2, 2019. It has been updated and republished for thoroughness and accuracy.