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Work/Life Balance in a Crazy World

Back several years ago, work/life balance was a popular topic in books and articles. But as the economy crashed, most people went into survival mode and any thought of balance went out the window. Now that the economy is beginning to settle down, it’s probably a healthy thing to again consider where you’re at in that balance.

Our senior editor Andrew Clancy just completed an interview with Gail Cummings, a life coach, attorney and mother, on this challenge of work/life balance. One of his questions centered around how you evaluate your own situation. Cummings replied with several key points to consider.

  1.  Assess where you are – does your life feel like it’s balanced?
  2. Set realistic goals – focus on the greatest challenges first.
  3. Listen to your body – there are physical symptoms when we’re out of balance.
  4. Find a coach – having a coach is a gift to your well-being, and they will help to hold you accountable to your goals.
  5. Account for change – because things change so rapidly, be prepared to adjust goals along the way.

Cummings quoted one of her clients with a helpful reminder to us all: “A wall can only be strong if you build it one brick at a time.” Don’t expect immediate results but work for the long-term.

If you’d like to see the full interview which is part of our Executive Insights series, subscribe to our Premium subscription. You might also want to read some of our individual book summaries and reviews on the topic:

 Life Matters by A. Roger & Rebecca Merrill

The Age of Speed by Vince Poscente

The Seven-Day Weekend by Ricardo Semler

A More Valued Success by Paul Spitale

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