Work-life balance has come up a number of times in discussions with a variety of professionals recently within the technology sector. Some who are working well in excess of 60 hours per week.
Personally it is a constant struggle to ensure the two are evenly balanced. I look to incorporate a couple of non-negotiables into my routine to ensure I keep myself sane, such as a gym session or ensuring I turn my phone off in the evenings for some downtime.
However, it isn't a one size fits all and I have realised there are times where you need to work big hours or spend time focusing more on your family or health. With everyone striving for perfection around a work-life balance you don't need perfection. You need to understand that it is about give and take and knowing what aspects of your life you need to focus on at any given time.
"It's about flowing and making sure we don't completely drop [anything] – it's blending it all together. Sometimes we're going to have to work on the weekend and that's OK." Although we may not have a perfect balance, we can find ways to nourish each part of ourselves. "For a lot of the clients we coach it seems to be all or nothing, but there's an in between," says Mitchell. "Sometimes it's in a five per cent way and sometimes it's in a 100 per cent way."