Down with work life balance

The concept of “work life balance” implies that ‘work’ and ‘life’ can be separated, put on different sides of the scales, that they are in opposition to each other, that more of one means less of the other.

That metaphor has never really worked for me, perhaps in part because I grew up in places where waged jobs were the exception, but also because most of my working life I’ve tried to do things that were important to me: for some of those tasks I’ve been paid, for some I’ve done them anyway.

However, in the past I’ve felt driven by my concern about sustainability – or perhaps the implications of unsustainability – and neglected myself and the people close to me, as I focussed on the abstract, the other, the big picture, the system, at the expense of the real, the here and the now. Over the last few years I’ve found some kind of harmony, where the journey is meaningful, often joyful, even if the destination is sometimes shrouded in mist.

One result is that I’ve recognised I’m uncomfortable with the professional persona my website presented. I’ve spent some time thinking hard about what I do and how I do it – and the fact that my “work” and “life” are inextricably intertwined. So, from 2015 it’s goodbye and hello