The phrase “work-life balance” is relatively new to our language, appearing in British usage in the 1970s and American usage even later in the 1980s. That being said, widespread interest in how one effectively prioritizes work pursuits with a life of pleasurable interests dates back to the 1800s, an era that also, notably, divided the world into men’s and women’s spheres and perpetuated the cult of domesticity.
In “An Impolite Interview with Paul Krassner,” published in The Realist in 1963, Krassner (an American journalist — hooray for journalism!) said the following:
One of the aspects of happiness is when you can make as little distinction as possible between your work and your play.
That’s a tall order. Not all of us can find work that resembles play — I consider myself fortunate that I have — and when work really is, well, work, it becomes even more important to properly prioritize the role that our work has in our lives.
Hence, work-life balance.
Inevitably the phrase will have a different meaning for as many people there are in the world. Some people, like me, spend a lot of time on their work outside the normal hours of their job. Others keep to the clock strictly. The time that you spend at work or on work doesn’t really matter; what does is how your work consumes your energy, either physical or more importantly, mental.
As I mentioned on the about page, dum doceo is a blog devoted to the understanding and pursuit of work-life balance. I don’t promise to have it all figured out, but I do believe that some of what I’ve discovered will resonate with millennial employees.
What you’ll find in the blog
I’d be horribly misleading you if I didn’t provide content designed for helping you create work-life balance of your own. To that end, dum doceo provides tips about:
- Finding, trying, and committing to hobbies
- Improving your physical fitness
- Expanding your tastebuds to improve diet and nutrition
- Organizing and scheduling your time
- Finding peace and serenity throughout your day
- Making deep, personal connections with those around you
- Enjoying the small things in life
- and so much more!