Work-Life balance

On leading blog we read an interesting review of Matthew Kelly’s book Off Balance in his book he makes the point that people want to “live deeply satisfying lives both personally and professionally.” He then goes on to point out that before you can get there you need to know what you want. In his words:

So we need to begin with self-knowledge. “Satisfaction does not arise from simply having experiences and things, but rather from having the experiences and things that you deem important.” Kelly has developed a system to increase the level of personal and professional satisfaction in your life that involves five steps, beginning of course with assessment:

Assessment. What brings you satisfaction? (There is an Off-Balance Assessment in the book and online at This process says Kelly, allows us to pinpoint an element of our dissatisfaction and create a prescription to overcome it. 

Priorities. What matters most to you? (Priority Exercise Worksheet PDF) While these may change over time, it is essential that we clearly define them or we become victims of the tyranny of the urgent. 

Core Habits. What are the daily habits that keep you healthy, focused and energized? For example, workout, meditation, proper diet, maintaining relationships. “What one thing, if done every day, would change your life markedly?” 

Weekly Strategy Session. What is the key project that should have your attention and be your starting point for each day of the week? Our lives are destined for underachievement and dissatisfaction if we don’t learn to plan and strategize personally. 

Quarterly Review. Every three months review what is working will in your life, review what you said you would do in the last ninety days; outline the key objectives in your life at this time; share your plan to accomplish these objectives.

Our management point about Motivation is in line with this thinking. You need to “get a life” before you can be successful in management, you also need to get  to know yourself, not only to figure out what the right balance is between work and life and what your form of satisfying life would look like, but you need to also get to know yourself to be able to understand how you evaluate situations and other people. Once you understand where you come from, what triggers you, what makes you happy or sad, you will be able to better understand the world around you and anticipate things that will impact you. There is lots more to this as we go deeper into how things that happen make you react. Remember, a temperature is a fact, you finding it hot or cold is a reaction that only you control. Similar in management, things happen, people react, but how you react is depending on your ability to control the space between your two ears.

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