In the book, Making it Big in Software: Get the Job. Work the Org. Become Great, by Sam Lightstone, Google’s Director of Research Peter Norvig, was interview and had some thought provoking things to say about work life balance. I’ve posted a juicy quote below that was sent to me last week by a workshop graduate that he found on LifeHacker.
“People get out of balance when they see their value as being able to respond quickly. If I see myself as a machine for answering email, then my work life would never stop because my email never stops. If instead I see my value as separating the important from the unimportant and making good decisions on the important, then I can go home at a reasonable hour, spend time with my family, ignore my email and phone messages all weekend long, and make sure that when I return to work, I am in the right mood to make the good decisions.”