: It can be hard to get the work-life balance right in research and academia. There is no one-size-fits-all recommendation for 'the best work-life balance', as we all have different work-life priorities. But for scientists, at least, Nobel Laureates' thoughts on the matter may prove useful. As such, we describe and discuss, ten recommendations toward a good work-life balance voiced by ten 1996-2013 nobel laureates. "[Peter Medawar] told his young bride, pretentiously, that she had first claim on his love, but not on his time, made her buy her own wedding ring and often also her own Christmas presents. So preoccupied was he with his work that Jean had to be both father and mother to their four children". -Max Perutz (Perutz 2002).