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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."

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Dr. O
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I like the sentiment, especially since there are times that Hubby is put 2nd to my job...when a grant is due and such. But I also think there's value in being conscious of where our time is spent. I've heard that, after kids appear in the picture, you're sort of forced into balancing the two (having to pick up from day care by certain times, making time for ball games/recitals, etc.), so maybe it does take care of itself...

Disgruntled Julie
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I thought the comment on the Bagel Bites was quite funny, but also made me a little sad. I love things like decorating and baking, and realizing that if I have children and want a career as well, I might have to take the premade route makes me sad. But I guess ignoring your children so you can meticulously decorate two dozen cupcakes doesn't make for very good parenting in the long run...

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There are times when I feel the need to seek balance, and that's usually when one aspect of my life has been getting too much attention (like work). During those times, I might institute some kind of program that gives me time to myself, more exercise, more contact with people outside of work, or whatever I think I'm missing. The balance seeking might last a day, a week, or longer, depending. Other times, I'm pretty sure there's some kind of overall balance, but it probably can't be measured day to day.
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