Article about the biggest collection of time-use diaries in the world, kept by the Centre for Time Use Research at the University of Oxford, UK. The centre's holdings have been gathered from nearly 30 countries, span more than 50 years and cover some 850,000 person-days in total. They offer the most detailed portrait ever created of when people work, sleep, play and socialize — and of how those patterns have changed over time.
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.