I have listened to the pod cast “Work Family Balance - Chapter 1 - Go Home” and I’m not impressed or excited.
I’m not saying that family life is not important, but what is it with all this work life balance is impossible stuff? How about updating your thinking to modern times and stop living in the Victorian era.
You say there is no work life balance; I say “why are you talking about work life balance in the first place?”
This yellow chocolate peanut compared to the sun analogy is just an Aunt Sally (American call it a Straw Man). You have built this Aunt Sally just to knock it down, suggesting that this refutes the argument against work life balance. No it doesn’t. It simply states that comparing a yellow chocolate peanut to the sun is ridiculous. You may have told this story a thousand time Mark, but doesn’t make it right.
We live in an era where I can, if I wish, produce the company’s reports from a beach in Malabo or go into the office to watch a movie. We don’t live in Victorian times, where not being at your place of work means nothing gets produced. There are no boundaries to what we can do where and we need to embrace this and alter our thinking accordingly. And by that I mean time.
Stop talking about time and start talking about results. All this “coming in late”, “going home”, “working an extra hour at work” is all time orientated and doesn’t focus on the most important thing; is the work getting done?
When you start thinking in this way, work life balance becomes irrelevant.
This weekend I’m going to cut the grass, do the washing and ironing and have a BBQ. I don’t know how long it will take me, what time I will start the jobs or what time I will finish them. As long as I get them done before Monday, I’ll be happy. Why should work be any different?