The word “balance” is often frowned upon in the work-life field. So is the word “family.” As in: “work-family balance.” Balance is considered to be an inadequate and simplistic metaphor for the complex interactions between work and non-work in most people’s lives.
The Washington Post launched an initative called "Timehacker." Readers click on a link and write ONE goal they’d like to make time for, explain why it’s important, and then what’s getting in the way. Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed and award-winning journalist at the Washington Post, met a number of great coaches and productivity experts in the course of her reporting, and lined up several who were willing to participate. They paid the reader and the coach, who worked together for 21 days. Then Brigid would write about what happened.
"Instead of starting a company and shaping their life around it--working as long and as hard as the business demands--they start a company to fit the kind of life they want to lead. Working this way doesn't mean slacking off, or delegating everything away. Rather, these entrepreneurs come up with creative ways to tap technology and set boundaries to do justice both to the business and their personal needs."
Wharton Professor Stew Friedman teaches this online course on "Better Leader, Richer Life," in Penn's Open Learning Initiative. The course, which willl run from February 8 through April 23, 2015, was the second-highest rated MOOC offering at Penn last year and has been endorsed by Poets and Quants.