By: Dilip Bhatia, vice president, Global Marketing, User & Customer Experience, PC & Smart Device, Lenovo
 
A recent Deloitte™ survey brought home just how the lines between our business and leisure activities have been getting increasingly blurred – and the importance of integrating the two. Technology has enabled a major shift in how we live and work certainly within a space of less than a decade. Just as technology has become integrated into our lives, the world of business has shifted so that it is no longer limited to 9-5, Monday to Friday like it used to be, it barely even slows down on weekends anymore. 
 
It’s something I’m familiar with. I joke that when I finish work, my real job as a chauffeur to my three children begins. Life doesn’t stop because of work. And work doesn’t stop because of life. My kids have school, their hobbies and their friends, and my job as a father is to help them, support them and, more often than not, drive them where they need to go. And while I’m waiting I’ll often finish what I couldn’t earlier in the day, or address other urgent work that may come up. Everything just goes on in tandem.
 
Can you have a successful career while still enjoying a fulfilling and happy personal life? The debate has been raging for years and some would have you believe it’s impossible to find the right balance. A study by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) found that more than 50% of workers say that work conflicts with life responsibilities at least two or three times per week; another study found that 98 percent of executives check email when they’re not working and 63 percent check every one or two hours regardless. And yet the same Deloitte survey reveals that for millennials, work/life balance is one of the biggest drivers in their choice of employer.
 
It’s easy to believe that high-flying careers involve brutal personal sacrifice, while happy personal lives mean kissing goodbye to professional ambition. Perhaps a better question to ask ourselves is whether focusing too much on achieving the holy grail of perfect work/life balance adding to our stress levels rather than reducing them?
 
For many of us, work can no longer be compartmentalized like it was for our parents’ generations. Customers and colleagues don’t necessarily care if we’re on vacation or trying to get an early night, they still need answers to questions and have work to be done. But on the other hand, we all have lives to lead, friends and family that we want to see and spend time with away from the stresses of work. Rather than trying to treat work and life as mutually exclusive entities that must be balanced, wouldn’t it be easier to look at them together and find a way to combine them that’s most beneficial to you?
 
Enter work-life integration. It’s not a new concept, detailed by subject expert Dan Schwabel in Forbes® back in 2014, but it comes closer to acknowledging how tough it is to separate work and life.
 
Of course, just as technology has enabled this shift, it plays a pivotal role in making work-life integration effective. In management coaching books by Stew Friedman, known as the “work/life balance guy,” he talks about how to be innovative with your time, how people should act with creativity by experimenting with how things get done in ways that are good for them and for the people around them.
 
Digging deeper into the rise of work-life integration, we spoke to thousands of users to better understand how we can develop technology that would enhance their work and personal lives. The result is the recently launched Miix 510 2-in-1 detachable, a powerful Windows 10 PC that features a fully functioning, detachable keyboard for those longer emails, spreadsheets and decks.
 
                 Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows detachable for work and life on the go
 
The detachable flexibility of the Miix 510 is what makes it so well suited to effective work-life integration. With the keyboard attached, users have a versatile work device with the power of up to 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor for content creation, email and word processing. But detaching the keyboard instantly frees up the powerful tablet screen for personal use in the kitchen as a recipe book, in the bedroom as a TV replacement, or on the go to catch up on social media. Just received an urgent work email while trying out your latest muffin recipe at home? No problem, just re-attach the keyboard and quickly fire off a professional response in no time at all. But my favorite feature has got to be the pen. With the pen functionality, you can take notes, sketch, draw and create on the Miix 510 in any way you want – with or without the keyboard.
 
                            Miix 510 detachable with pen support
 
Furthermore, the Miix 510 also features a wide range of connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and optional LTE so you can use mobile network1 when there’s no Wi-Fi, alongside up to 7.5 hours2 of battery life so you don’t have to be tied down to the nearest Internet cable or charge point.
 
Technology that’s packed into the versatile Miix 510 makes it ready for both work and life. It does the integration so that you don’t have to worry about the balancing.
 
 
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The Miix 510 (with keyboard included) starts at $599.99, available beginning in October 2016.3
 
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