Tuesday, August 3, 2010
While we're talking about work-life balance over here at LabSpaces today, let me point you to a fantastic interview
with four women awarded Nobel Prizes last year (2 in Medicine & Physiology, one in chemistry, and one in economics) posted by ScienceNOW. I highly recommend listening to the entire interview
if you have time.
One of the things that really struck me was Elizabeth Blackburn's take on balance:"I think that the message of balance is somewhat overplayed, in my view, because if you're doing something intense like having a family and doing science, they're both intense things, and so this idea that somehow every day is sort of balanced I think it's really a bad message, actually, to try and send people. ... So I try and send the message, for goodness sake, don't go for balance. That sounds very boring to me, you know, in this sort of 9 to 5 and you're balancing your life. Go for these things intensely in the periods when you have to go for them and the balance will take care of itself over decades."
What do you think?