Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On Work/Life Balance

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, had this to say via his new book, Find the Next Steve Jobs.

(It’s been said that many people in high tech cannot balance their personal and work lives. Here’s another way to look at it: Their jobs are so interesting that it’s difficult to figure out what is work and what is play. Creative projects produce this kind of excitement.)

I've struggled with the work/balance thing. I'm better now than I was a year ago, but it takes a lot of work. That quote definitely illustrates one aspect of how it could get so out of balance...I thoroughly enjoy what I do.


Stew said...

It's a tough balance, for sure. I'm lucky to have a boss that supports family time, and uses it herself. Her boss supports it as well. But that's far from the norm. Another aspect of this problem I have is the "electronic leash," smartphones and easy connectivity from home, make it too easy to check in on work at all hours, so you're never truly away.

oraclenerd said...


Agreed on both parts. Ultimately, you have to force it...if the employer doesn't support you, then you find one that will.

As for the leash...yes.

I'm working on getting better at all this. I refused a job fairly recently because it involved a lot of travel...