Us humans are weird. When given two similar choices, we often assume that the odds of each choice is 50/50. That’s true in a lot of cases, like flipping a coin, but it also causes us to struggle to understand variances like in the Monty Hall problem.
When it comes to work/life balance, you don’t need to hit 50/50 either. Maybe that’s appropriate for you, but maybe it’s not. In his book “Take the Stairs“, author Rory Vaden says it like this:
“Balance shouldn’t mean equal time spent on equal activities. Balance should mean appropriate time spent on critical priorities.”
“Critical priorities” could mean an important document that you need to create for a client, but it could also mean your son’s t-ball game that evening. It could mean staying at work late one night, and then slipping out early the next day to pick up your daughter from school (if your job allows that kind of flexibility).
Balance in life is important, but it’s not about getting the scales to perfectly align. Sort out your priorities in all areas of life and work from there.