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Work life balance – a simple way to determine whether you have it

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JUNE, 2019

Motivation
Effectiveness
Productivity

On the suggestion (constant badgering) of a friend, I read a great book in one sitting last week – “It doesn’t have to be crazy at work” – and can’t recommend it highly enough.

Every page has a nugget of gold and whilst the approach to business may not be for everyone, you can’t help but take some (or many) of those nuggets away with you.

I love their approach to work and one of my favourites quotes relates to work-life balance: 

If it’s easier for work to claim a Sunday than for life to borrow a Thursday, there ain’t no balance.

How perfect is that? Wholeheartedly agree.

Inevitably there will be times when work just can’t flex around life – big projects, pressing deadlines, crisis management – and that’s OK. But the rest of the time, it should. 

So, if work can take an evening, or a weekend, then when it’s a sunny day, you should be able to enjoy it too. If an employee wants to take the kids to Alton Towers on a weekday, can they do so without having to work on the journey there? If not, why not? Where’s the balance? It really doesn’t have to be crazy at work.

Nic Clark, Founder

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Photograph by Zeno Watson

Acknowledgements

It doesn’t have to be crazy at work, by David Heinemeier Hansson (author) Jason Fried (author)