“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”
Alain de Botton
Achieving a work life balance is a honourable pursuit, but like seeking out the philosopher’s stone, it is fundamentally flawed notion. The very aim of this illusory state paradoxically brings us more hurt than help. We feel damned by the guilt that attends our interminable workload as we struggle to fit in our lives into creases of quality time. Our families and friends too often suffer in this fight for the illusory perfect balance. Not only that, we get a kicking in the press for being holiday loving layabouts, with a penchant for a golden pension, for good measure.