Prompted by the Australia Institute's 'Go Home on Time Day', November 24th, I'm highlighting the problems with overwork. And I'm suggesting that, if some of us put as much work into work/life balance as we do into work, we might be better off. A sample:
For Australian workers who are dissatisfied, harried and guilty, a re-evaluation might help. International studies suggest that many fathers, for example, don't work at home, even when businesses support it. Perhaps domesticity is frightening or dull. But we also conflate success with vocational achievement. This isn't unreasonable, as it's a source of recognition and pride.
But life as a whole is also a formidable achievement: marriage, parenthood, friendship, and our mercurial "inner world". It takes enormous skill, wisdom and diligence to get it all balanced. This isn't some blithe, hippie fantasy, it's freedom itself: cultivating a strong, clear-minded, many-sided character. If we put as many hours into this aspiration, as we do into labour, we'd be more healthy, focused and prolific – perhaps even happier.(Photo: foundphotoslj)