Embrace work-life imbalance
Why is everybody so concerned about work-life balance? The conventional wisdom is that workaholics are greedy and selfish people who are bound to die from a heart attack. But, as the great advertising executive David Ogilvy once said: “Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.” This is especially true if your work is meaningful.
Most of the studies on the harmful effects of excessive work rely on subjective evaluations of work overload. They fail to disentangle respondents’ beliefs and emotions about work. If something bores you, it will surely seem tedious. When you hate your job, you will register any amount of work as excessive – it’s like forcing someone to eat a big plate of food he dislikes, then asking if he’s had enough of it.
Overworking is really only possible if you are not having fun at work. By the same token, any amount of work will be dull if you are unengaged or find your work unfulfilling.
Maybe it’s time to redefine the work-life
balance – or at least stop f ixating on it.
Here are some considerations: