Among so many articles about work-life balance, this one in HBR, the Imperfect balance between work and life caught my attention today.
The main idea is
1. Pick a few things that really need your focus
2. Delegate or let go of others, and
3. Most importantly, embrace imperfection.
The author found that one major hurdle for achieving work-life balance is artificial images of perfection. She also points to the fact that sometimes what is assumed to constitute perfection can be counter-productive. For example, keeping babies always in a sterile environment would make them less adaptable to the real world or delaying a product release would risk losing the market timing or valuable customer feedback.
The article came very timely for me as my visiting parents have been asking why I don’t do any gardening in my big barren backyard!Further reading: Read the full HBR article here. You may also find this book, Forget Perfect useful in this context.