• Rob Stefoski

THE ELUSIVE WORK LIFE BALANCE

Getting it right



Keeping a good work-life balance is easier said than done. 6 Step programs. Advice from the government. Advice from your employer. The celebrity you must emulate. It’s not that simple.


Most of us are constrained by the 38-hour week. For some it’s 9-5 weekdays and for others it’s shift-work around the clock.


Add to this the other essentials. Raising a family, food, mortgage, bills. It doesn’t leave much for the life balance bit. It seems the System which governs us has already worked out our work-life balance and it’s heavily slated toward the work end.


It’s a zero-sum game. To effectively enhance your life you must pull hours away from the full-time job. And herein lies the crux of the situation. How can you do this when so many lifestyle components rely heavily on that job. This is the time for you to recognise your attributes, knowledge, skills. These are items others will pay you for. If these are lacking then make a plan to gain new knowledge and skills to increase your worth and give back more life to you.


Bertrand Russell championed the cause for the LIFE side when he wrote his essay IN PRAISE OF IDLENESS IN 1932. In it he said,



“I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different to what always has been preached.”

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell was a well-known Philosopher and mathematician. He was the chief exponent of achieving more by doing less. IN PRAISE OF IDLENESS is one of his most important works. Here in the essay he makes his disdain for work clear,


“ A great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of work, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organised dimunition of work.”

— Bertrand Russell


Russel champions the spendthrift over the saver. His logic is that the spendthrift makes his money circulate within the economy ultimately feeding other mouths and creating other jobs. The saver hordes his money and their life becomes stagnant. The horder doesn’t extend out to the community by way of giving even if it is to feed themselves.


“The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need for slavery.”

— Bertrand Russell


Many people have walked away from a steady job which paid well and have never been happier. I am one.


Hitting the sweet spot on the work-life balance scale is not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!

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