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September 13, 2012

Work Life Balance – Is it a myth?

What exactly is work? Is it my day job in the office or my night job at home? Applying principles of Organisational Behaviour studies, I first need to establish the role I am referring to - employee, author, husband or father?

Let's assume work is work as most of us interpret it and life is, well, anything other than work. How does that balance? In my book, life then needs to be split into more categories - education, family, health, hobbies, entertainment, religion, rest and socialising.

Even with some of these categories occupying fixed time slots per week, I still don't see how it's supposed to balance.

  • 8-9 hours per day of work,
  • 1-4 hours per day of travel (which, in London, is definitely not socialising but more like work or competitive sport),
  • 2-3 hours of family time getting kids to bed,
  • 1-2 hours of health (sport and hygiene),
  • 1-2 hours of education (sometimes learning through osmosis after falling asleep on MBA textbooks),
  • 30 minutes to 2 hours of socialising on Skype or Facebook,
  • up to 1 hour of dedicated religion,
  • 1 hour for hobbies, and
  • 1-3 hours for entertainment.

That leaves you with -3 hours for sleep.

Then there's a 2 day period of chaos, filled with housework, laundry, sport/activities/play dates for the kids.

How on earth should this balance?

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