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Work-Life Balance

While working over the last year I devoted quite a bit of time to thinking about work-life balance. I have seen people working very hard, till late hours (sometimes over the weekends) often without this really contributing to their career and only messing with their health and well-being. I have also seen people who would do their solid 8-9 hours of work per day and never complain about the stresses of the workplace. What kept bugging me was the question of why there are such huge differences. Obviously the simple answer is that people have different priorities in life, but I think there is more to that… Maybe some people don’t really want work-life balance? Working late hours, from my observations, seems to mean one of four things – you’re either passionate about your work, you care enough to offer to help with a tight deadline (or anything else), you’re really inefficient or you’re not able to say “no”. There’s probably more reasons… My observations were limited.

Recently this video (a TED Talk) has came to my attention and I wanted to share it with you:

The basic message of the video is that every person is responsible for their personal work-life balance. Not co-workers, not the employer, not your family, but yourself. If you don’t balance it, no one will do it for you. And “balancing” is a true skill, one can easily say that some are better at it, while others may fail miserably. Enjoy the video!


 

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Beginning February 2011 I have started a new job at Google in its EU HQ in Dublin, Ireland. I will be responsible for AdWords-related issues for the UK / Ireland market.

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