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03/22/08
Career and Personal Life Balance
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Leadership, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 7:51 am

At a wonderful experience last week with two
dozen graduate school chemists, one of the
speakers, an expert in the field, spoke about
work/ family life balance.

This is a complicated subject that has as many
viewpoints as there are answers.  It is hard
to be an expert on all topics.  To say the least, I
learned a lot.


However, my only claim to this topic is as
one who has experienced it personally and
observed many others anecdotally (meaning
in partial context) and read deeply on the topic
(however only non-professional literature.)

In some contexts this is called the “2-body
problem” and in other contexts this is called
the “working care-giver dilemma.”  There are
common elements and many different elements
to balance in work/life, however, it is very
curious that most talks, books and articles
usually do not talk about both.

One did.  It may be worth sharing.

What balance is not…
an “equal balance of hours, activities, meetings”
             CONSIDER BEING MORE FLUID
a constant disciplined distribution each day
             CONSIDER FLEXIBILITY AND
VARIATION
a perfect, one size fits all striving
              CONSIDER IT BEING DIFFERENT
FOR EACH ONE OF US AND IMPERFECT.

The authors simplify the core of effective
work/life balance as achievement and
enjoyment.  These core elements answer
the question, ‘why?

Following this introduction to work-life
balance issues are comments on
 -  impacts of poor balance
 -  2-body problem considerations
 -  working care-giver considerations
 -  infringement of workplace into family
life


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