A recent client began our sessions together with the goal of better work life balance (or WLB). As we talked, an interesting thing happened. Turned out she wasn’t that interested in balance after all. What she actually wanted was meaningful work that she felt passionate about. Work she loved so much she was happy to put the kids in childcare to do it.
Instead, my client was paying eye-watering nursery fees to spend her days feeling undervalued, unfulfilled and often bored.
And that’s the problem I have with the idea of work life balance. It has become as popular to talk about how we have no WLB, as it is go on about how busy we are.