This is a silly expression. In order to create this conflict (between work and life) you need to make work and life mutually exclusive.
Work is a big chunk of your life, if you are not seeing it that way you could be compromising yourself by spending most of your time doing something you don’t like. The hours at work really add up, and if we consider them to be not life and delete them we don’t have much life left over.
You’ve probably developed relationships at work that are genuine friendships, you may continue to see them for years even if you move company. Many people meet their life partners at work (and their business partners through their social life).
The use of social media in business is creating a culture where the individuals are the brand, not the business. We are getting great results from personal, informal, transparent messages and networking individual to individual. The less difference between the ‘work you’ and the ‘life you’ the less conflict you will feel and the more effective your communication will be.
Next time someone talks about the challenge of X/Y balance, question whether these two things are really an either/or.
Whenever anyone talks about mind/body, I’m tempted to ask them how the decapitation happened???