Work-Life Balance

As a general principle: no entity can be optimally efficient at more than one thing. The more limited the goals, the higher one’s chance of efficiency. A multipurpose machine – human or corporate – is always going to be less efficient than one which is dedicated to a single purpose.

Our brains are not specifically designed or evolved to be maximally efficient at one thing. Instead, this cognitive and emotional machine is profoundly generalist – it comes moderately well equipped for a huge range of possible activities

Although focus is something we value, it isn’t – and can’t be – the only thing we care about.

We might well accept a measure of inefficiency – in professional and personal life – in exchange for diversity and less boredom.

Focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all others has its costs, as anyone who has ever spoken to an athlete about extra-curricular issues tends to find out.

Work-life balance is impossible because everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.

One can opt for imperfect variety over flawless focus.

That you suffer from the agony of choice isn’t an anomaly. It’s one of the most interesting and predictable things about being alive.