For decades, resolving the conflicts of work and personal life has been spoken of as a question of “balance.” Yet work and life are inextricably intertwined. Work supports our loved ones; it constitutes a big part of our identities, and it often shapes our social lives. The smartphones and other devices that bind us tightly to work also keep us in close touch with our non-work-lives. For example, I keep all of my personal and professional commitments on a single, integrated calendar, treating each one of them as inviolable. The challenge is to integrate work and personal life effectively, not achieve a separation that is less attainable than ever.
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