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3 rules for a better work-life balance | The Way We Work, a TED series

Did you answer a work email during an important family event? Or received a call from your boss while on vacation? According to Ashley Whillans, behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, the “always-on” work culture not only ruins our personal well-being, but also our work. She shares what bad habits keep us from getting what we need in our free time and three practical steps to setting boundaries that stick. The Way We Work is a TED original video series where leaders and thinkers offer practical wisdom and insight on how we can adapt and thrive amid changing work conventions. Visit for more information! Visit for our entire library of TED talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers deliver the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look out for talks on technology, entertainment and design, as well as science, business, global issues, art and more. Feel free to link or embed these videos, forward them to others, and share these ideas with people you know. Join TED: Follow TED on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: ​​Subscribe to our Channel: ​​TED’s videos are licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License, Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivatives (or CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy ( For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee training, in a film or online course), please submit a media request at


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