Some Fine Thoughts on Work-Life Balance

I happened to run across this post on balancing work and life.  I think it’s probably applicable to just about any field, not just medicine.  I work with plenty of people that have absolutely no balance at all in their lives and feel compelled to work 90 hours a week simply because they can.  What’s really strange is that they all hate their jobs, but work 12 hour days anyway.  I don’t think I could live that way.


2 Responses

  1. MedSchoolOdyssey,
    Work/Life Balance is present in all fields, and at all pay grades. Once upon a time in a small company far far away I had my dream IT job. The hours were long and the pay was low. But I loved it. Mostly because I was single, which made the 6-7 day weeks more possible.

    Understanding your own limits is essential to maintaining balance. For example right now I know for the health of my marriage, when I am working 80hr weeks I need to commit my free time (what very little of it there is) 3 of 7 days a week to my wife. Which means eating supper with her (even if it is 10pm) and being with her (normally watching something on TV). As long as that happens everything stays balanced. For now.

    The other part is knowing when to change tactics and being flexible enough to cope with changing circumstances.

  2. Hi, I’m a fellow organic chemster/premed student. My
    background is in English Literature, and after some time in the
    real world, I’m back in school with an aim to become a doctor. I’m
    enjoying your blog so far!

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