Work Life Balance

in Off Topic, Video, Work Hours

So back I go to Ted.com to find an interesting piece by Nigel Marsh about Work/Life balance. I have ranted about Work/Life balance many times, and I think I am doing a better job about it, but Nigel’s fairly blunt presentation I think is quite refreshing to hear.

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

I like the quote about how no company is really caring about you, they care about how much money they make, so keep that in mind.


  • Rachel Levington June 6, 2011, 10:18 PM

    This as an excellent video on Work Life Balance! As Nigel says, “It’s the small things in life that matter. It is not who dies with the most toys.”

  • Heather Holjevac May 30, 2011, 4:22 PM

    My favorite quote in the video is “many work long hours at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they do not like” . It is not wrong to work hard, to buy things or to impress people. It is about planning the ideal day and life and focusing on what is important to each of us, not on someone else’s definition of success.

    • bigcajunman May 30, 2011, 4:52 PM

      But it is very wrong to do something you hate, no matter what. If you want to die young, do something you hate because it pays well…

  • Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter May 30, 2011, 1:13 PM

    What an awesome talk. I struggle with this constantly. I think I am going to have to read his book.

  • Bankruptcy Ben May 29, 2011, 10:29 PM

    Employers car to the extent that it maximises profits. Many employers in Australia offer onsite day care not to be nice and fluffy but so they can attract talented young females.


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