of work-life balance

I never really bitch write that much about my office, but I figured I owed this post to my friend Dave who is developing a seminar on work-life balance.

He’s pretty sorted in the head, you know what I mean? He writes about all the things I think about and questions – he seems to have all the answers. On numerous occasions I’ve found myself wondering why the Mister behaves the way he does, and then I wake up to a post by Dave that provides the answer. Yeah, it’s kinda spooky when I put it like that, but he’s pretty awesome. Do check him out.

And yes, I could be praising him so much coz he says nice things about me, but you’ll never know.  Unless you go now. Trust me, you’ll learn more by heading on over there than reading this post anyway.

Still here? What the heck!


I’m someone who likes to maintain work-life balance. I work really hard until 8 o’clock in the evening. Then I spend time with the Mister and his mom. We eat dinner together. Sometimes we watch a movie, but mostly sometimes we go out dancing after mom is in bed.

And then at 10 am, I’m back at work.

Weekends are for other people. My family, our common friends, sometimes the exes, his daughter. Every quarter, we try to take a couple of days off and head out to the hills.

My life is sorted.

Except I’m the only one in office with a life like this. Everyone else is spending more hours at work. They seem to think I don’t work hard enough. That reflects, sometimes, in my appraisals. People don’t think I love my job enough to want to stay back. I’m told I’m not involved enough.

And that, Dave, is the other side of the coin.

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7 thoughts on “of work-life balance”

  1. Thank you for the kind words. I have worked with many people in india over the last six years. I know how hard the people I worked with worked.

    Here in the states there are companies that think the same However, here in the states there is a higher level of understanding, among enlightened management, of the damage this does to the productivity and output of the team. My seminar will likely not be done in India for a while. Although I would love to come do it if some big-wig company dude in India wants to pay for me to come do it i”m all for it, 🙂

    I do promise to keep writing about this and other topics around work, productivity, etc… It is my passion.

    Around 1999 I had a panic attack at work. This lead me to make some changes to how I approach work. It sounds like you have made many of the same changes I came to. After I made those changes I decided one thing I would make a high priority as a Project Manager was eliminating overtime on my projects. I’ve had some success but only in the last couple of years have I been able to achieve for myself the work-life balance I wanted.

    I commend you on putting your home life as an important part of your life. Work can be rewarding but it can also burn you out and lead to a lot of health issues.

    Well more on this topic will be coming on my blog. 🙂

    Thank you again. You are wonderful.

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      1. I have some friends and collegues in India. I have been to India once in 2011 when I was in Bangalore. I loved it. Looking forward to coming back when the time happens.


  2. Learning this lesson is so valuable, my friend. It took me 40+ years to learn it and it only happened last year. Kudos to you for being smart enough to recognize it now.


  3. I’ve passed on job promotions to be closer to my family. I don’t regret it one bit. It’s just a matter of priorities in life and to each their own. I remember a good friend saying that his biggest regret was placing work ahead of his family. I didn’t make that mistake and was blessed to be able to spend lots of my time with my boys. Some day they will be driving and involved in their own lives, but I will have my memories.

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    1. Exactly! It’s the people in your life that matter the most, and it’s okay to have an average career if you have an outstanding family life. I wish more people understood that.


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