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A Fine Balance – The Podcast: Episode 8 Out Now

EPISODE 8 of ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast’ is out now! This episode of ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast‘ features Tom McLaughlan, a retired Government Relations Advisor, who now works voluntarily for a crisis intervention charity. Tom first featured on ‘A Fine Balance – The Blog’ in August 2021. In this podcast episode,…

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When Did Work-Life Balance Become a “Thing”?

I recently met up with my 98 year old great-uncle and I asked him about his perspective on how people balanced work with other things in life back when he was working full-time, and his father before him. Sufficed to say, pursuing balance wasn’t in their vocabulary. Nor was “having fun” a particular priority. That’s…

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“Study-Life Balance” Vs “Work-Life Balance”

Exam season is upon us, and as I watch students I know bracing themselves to face the pressure and opportunity that exams hold, I’m reflecting on what the correlation is between a person’s attitude to studying in their youth, and the work-life balance they go on to establish in adulthood. Take those conscientious students to…

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The Fine Balance Between Working Hard, and Working Too Hard

So often the term work-life balance implies “working” less and “living” more. But what if ambition, financial pressures, or any other personal reason, compels you to choose “work” over “life”? While striving for goals and ambition is usually lauded as admirable, prioritising “work” over “life” is often cast as something shameful, rather than something to…

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The Hardest Word

It’s been in the news recently that Anne Robinson is leaving her job to give attention to other things in her life. If you didn’t catch Emma Barnett’s interview with her on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour this week, then I recommend you look it up. It was thought-provoking, honest, encouraging and inspiring for many reasons.…

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A Fine Balance – The Podcast: BONUS EPISODE, featuring Annabel Jeffcoate, on “How to Improve Your Work-Life Balance”

Episode 7 of ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast’ is out now. This is a bonus episode and different to my usual format. Rather than hosting someone that has already featured on the blog ‘A Fine Balance’, my guest on this episode is work-life balance expert and founder of the consultancy Balance for Teachers, Annabel…

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Becoming a Podcaster in Four (Plus One) Basic Steps

I was recently invited to give a talk to a youth group in my community about my experience of becoming a podcaster. To begin with, I really wasn’t sure about how well-placed I was to lead a session on this. As a hobby blogger/podcaster, I’m still such a novice, and with only six podcast episodes…

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Interviews

“It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way” – Finding Balance by Setting Precedents: Katherine’s Story – on setting work-life boundaries as a legal professional & sharing the workload in marriage

Work-Life Balance Profile #18: Katherine Brownstein Introduction to Katherine’s Profile There are so many ‘work, life, balance’ facets to Katherine’s story that my challenge in writing up my interview with her has been how to summarise them concisely: finding balance in a traditionally inflexible profession; sharing “work” equally in a marriage; the conflicting struggles ofContinue reading ““It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way” – Finding Balance by Setting Precedents: Katherine’s Story – on setting work-life boundaries as a legal professional & sharing the workload in marriage”

“Multitasking Mastery: A Seamless Work/Life Blend”. Adunola’s Story – on finding balance after being let down by an employer & valuing financial independence within a marriage

Work-Life Balance Profile #17: Adunola* Introduction to Adunola’s Profile The subject of my latest Work-Life Balance Profile, Adunola, has got it all figured out: an exact equilibrium between work and home life, which includes holding down a career that she loves while simultaneously being the main carer of her children. How does she do it?Continue reading ““Multitasking Mastery: A Seamless Work/Life Blend”. Adunola’s Story – on finding balance after being let down by an employer & valuing financial independence within a marriage”

“Stay at home, Mum”: Nadine’s Story – on opting out of a career path & valuing a mother’s presence

Work-Life Balance Profile #16: Nadine* You can listen to the episode of ‘A Fine Balance – The Podcast’ based on this blog entry by clicking here. Introduction to Nadine’s Profile Writing a blog about how differently individuals strike a balance between “work” and “life” has brought me into contact with many working mothers from acrossContinue reading ““Stay at home, Mum”: Nadine’s Story – on opting out of a career path & valuing a mother’s presence”

Finding Balance in Retirement: Tom’s Story – on Empathy, Leadership & Passion for your Vocation

Work-Life Balance Profile #15: Tom McLaughlan Introduction to Tom’s Profile When interviewing people for my blog, I make every effort to set aside any preconceptions or judgements as I listen to their stories and write up my observations. I’m afraid to say that when I interviewed the latest subject of my “Work-Life Balance Profiles “series,Continue reading “Finding Balance in Retirement: Tom’s Story – on Empathy, Leadership & Passion for your Vocation”

Finding Balance on Her Own Terms: “Single by Choice; Childfree by Choice”. Laurie’s Story – On Doing ‘What Suits You’

Work-Life Balance Profile #14: Laurie Macpherson Introduction to Laurie’s Profile I once read that you can tell a lot about a person by the wording they use when setting email ‘out of office’ messages. There are those of a controlling nature, specifying instructions for every eventuality; those full of apology, betraying a sense of guiltContinue reading “Finding Balance on Her Own Terms: “Single by Choice; Childfree by Choice”. Laurie’s Story – On Doing ‘What Suits You’”

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Giving voice to the multitude of work-life balance possibilities for both men and women.

Celebrating role models from across the working spectrum.

I begin each interview by asking my subject to put a self-perceived figure on their current work:life ratio, and whether they aspire for it to be any different.

Of course, quantifying something this multi-faceted isn’t a science. 

But it’s a good place to start for getting to the heart of their story….