I work 4 ten plus hour days and 2 nine plus hour days.
When I get out if work I go to the market and make dinner, that takes at least an hour.
Even if I don't spend all my time with my kid after and between this I spend a significant amount of time with her. She goes to bed around 8 and I have a bit of down time before I go to bed to get up at 5:22 and start all over again.
My day off in the past two months have been pretty busy. I've torn out a deck and a fence filled a dumpster taken care of some financial issues. More than half my days off are pretty busy.
How do I stay on track? I'm a business owner and father, I don't have a choice but to take care of things.
Not every minute of my work or home life is drudgery. I enjoy time with many of my coustomers and count many of them as friends. I often enjoy time with my kid. I have downtime at work to read Hubski and what not. I enjoy cooking most the time and my wife is an indifferent cook, I'd rather do it myself. I get satisfaction from working on my home.
I don't know shit about work life balance but I'm a generally happy person.
If you value your personal time don't have kids.