How to make work-life balance work | Nigel Marsh

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day …


  1. Certain jobs especially in engineering and operations are very difficult to do with a young family that needs your attention.. some jobs can't be done in 7 hours.. especially if you are looking to excel in your workplace..

    Everyone has their own definition of "quality of life". You need to then work towards building that.
    "Commercial companies are designed to get them most out of you.. " it's by choice that you choose to work for those organizations. Define what goals you are working to meet and by when and design your life around that…

  2. I have found it's even harder for those of us that work from home. We don't have a clear distinction between work and personal life when it's only one room away. It takes a real diligence of aligning out actions with our values on a CONSISTENT basis – I actually look at my schedule at least once a week to ensure I'm aligning it with my values and my needs.

  3. This is so inspiring. We always make sure to give some time to each other as we are committed to have a wonderful life together. We can't let our corporate jobs ruin that as we won't get this time back. Three Cheers for Nigel!

  4. I hate the expression "work-life balance", which was emphasised in almost every sentence of the speech. Most of us have to spend the best part of the day at work and we hate working for that reason.
    I would like much more the expression "balance-at-work", because everyone needs money (by everyone I mean everyone, who needs to work for money). We should be looking for a way to create and maintain harmony with our coworkers, customers, bosses as far as possible. Of course we should try to be also more creative and tolerate changes, ect. Finally, your husband or wife would be happy to bring positive energy at home, instead of exhausted, bored face.

  5. When Nigel said there are some fundamentally incompatible job choices for work-life balance, I wonder what those jobs were? But anyways, a friend of mine told me that if you want work-life balance, you're the one that needs to make it happen…. every job will make you give more and at some point you need to put your foot down or find another job. Like he said, you need to design your life… that might be scary & maybe uncomfortable at first, but if you don't, then the corporations will do it for you.

  6. i work everyday even on saturdays and sundays but still gets thrashing from everyone for not working. I study for as much time in a day i can but due to low grades my parents and teachers think i'm not doing anything. plz suggest me what should i do. anyone

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