Comments on 2019-03-27 Work Life Balance

How did you convince your employer to let you work part-time, and how part is it? 🙂

Adam 2019-03-27 22:10 UTC


I work 60% over the year, usually Friday’s off and a four month summer break.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-03-27 22:16 UTC


@sajith recommended the book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt. I just read through How to Become Happier and I am intrigued.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-03-28 06:05 UTC


I’ve always been skeptical about self help books. I think less time put on them, and more on real books, is a better strategy to become happier. On that line, I suggest Herman Hesse’s “Siddartha”, Tolstoi “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” or Jorge Semprun’s “L’écriture ou la vie” if you haven’t read them yet.

On the topic of work life balance, it seems to me that you have a very healthy solution going on. Perhaps you could use a creative mid term goal to spend your free time on (pottery, woodworking, painting...) away from the screens? Even if that would mean reading your posts less often...

– Enzo 2019-03-30 09:55 UTC


I’ve read Siddartha as a teenager. Another one that was a big influence at the time was Erich Fromm’s To Have or to Be?. I haven’t read the two others. But perhaps you are right and reading good books where advice about the good life is incidental is actually the better thing to do.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-03-30 12:39 UTC


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