Measure Work-Life Balance in Years, Not Days

“Assuming that we can and should build our careers and families at exactly the same times underestimates both how challenging each of those roles can be, and how rewarding and enriching they can be if we focus on them.”

Every bit of advice I’ve seen about achieving work-life balance seems to focus on how to do so on a daily or weekly basis. But Alex Soojung-Kim Pang PhD, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, offers a different take.

He suggests we may be better served to measure work-life balance in years and points to several examples of people who found they were more productive and successful when they focused on one aspect of their life at a time and switched focus after several years.