I left last Wednesday’s class with the task of listening to a few Podcasts and TedTalks regarding work-life balance. While listening, I was tasked to find a few issues that most interest me to narrow down my topic. I was pretty excited to do this as listening to audio files is more exciting than reading through articles. I was able to listen to a few podcasts while getting other work done, such as the loads of laundry that have been calling my name. I’ve listened to a few podcasts, and the one that I left off on was “The Myth of Work-Life Balance,” a podcast by Drift. From the beginning, the title drew my attention along with the statement that “work-life balance does not exist and it’s not a real thing.” Immediately, I asked myself why? Why is work-life balance impossible, and since when did it become impossible? The podcast touched upon prioritization and not following a schedule.
Although I do agree with this, I do not believe that this is the root of the problem. As I continued to listen to various podcasts, they touched upon the same concerns with reaching fulfillment and not balance, too many tasks, etc. Due to this, I reverted back to reading articles. I think I want to focus more on the historical side. It’s given that everyone struggles with work-life balance and the reasons as to why, but I want to focus on how we emerged to this point. The article “Work/Life Balance, Gender Equity and Social Change” touches upon how one of the reasons individuals work longer is to prove that they can. Why would society want to do this? The article then discusses how women were looked down upon going from full-time to part-time as they took care of family. There were policies put into place specifically for women and what women go through; therefore, there is a belief that because these policies were made for them, they should be capable of handling the balance. With this, I am moving closer to wanting to focus on gender equity, labor laws, and the historical aspect.