On the illusion of work-life balance

Nov 10, 2020 • ☕️ 1 min read

Work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one’s career and the demands of one’s personal life. It has numerous positive effects, including less stress, a lower risk of burnout and a greater sense of well-being.

But no entity can be optimally efficient at more than one thing. The more limited the goals, the higher one’s chance of efficiency. A multipurpose machine – human or corporate – is always going to be less efficient than one which is dedicated to a single purpose.

Focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all others has its costs. We might well accept a measure of inefficiency – in professional and personal life – in exchange for diversity and less boredom.

Some days, you might focus more on work, while other days you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones.

Work-life balance will mean different things to different people because, after all, we all have different life commitments. In our always-on world, balance is a very personal thing, and only you can decide the lifestyle that suits you best.

I prefer to prioritize than balance my work-life, balancing seems illusive and temporary to me. I do think the will toward mastery is deeply wired into most of us, it can be deeply uncomfortable along the way and we doubt our ability to become expert.

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