Work-Life Balance: “One of Most Significant Struggles Faced By Modern Man”

Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People and co-founder of the FranklinCovey Company, had this to say in his recent column Work-Life Balance: A Different Cut in Forbes.com: “The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man. I’ve surveyed thousands of audiences about their greatest personal and professional challenges. Life balance is always at or near the top.”

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Discovering Your Passion and Calling

Evan Carmichael wrote in a recent Youngentrepreneur blog post titled “How To Find Your Calling” and posed the following question: “So how do you find your calling and get into something you stick with?”

Evan referenced a Fast Company article that suggested three steps:

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Do Men Overvalue WORK-Balance and Undervalue LIFE-Balance?

David Zinczenko, Editor in Chief of Men’s Health magazine, has some interesting thoughts on this very question in an article titled “Why Do Men Spend So Much Time At Their Jobs”.

In a nutshell, Mr. Zinczenko explains in a different and more lighthearted way what I’ve written about in my article: Work-Life Balance for Men.

Here’s an excerpt from my article:

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Life Balance for Today’s Mothers

A recently released University of Maryland study conducted by Suzanne M. Bianchi, Chairwoman of the Department of Sociology, today’s mothers spend more hours focused on their children than mothers of40 years ago did.

What is especially interesting about this is that mothers of today don’t perceive things that way: Approximately one-half of those interviewed in the study felt that they did not have enough time to spend with their children.

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Daily Conventions for Life Balance

One of the things I learned some time ago was that to achieve balance, I need to take action.

Toward that end, I set up a simple system of daily conventions: some simple habits and routines to practice every day to help me achieve the goals that I had prioritized.

One thing that I do every day is to phone a friend.

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Temporarily Stop Multitasking to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Every once in a while, I need a reminder. Today, it came in the form of a great piece from Margaret Heffernan at FastCompany.com that I had read some time ago and resurrected today.

Margaret had placed a half-hour time block on her calendar every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that was permanent- it couldn’t be moved or rescheduled. Ms. Heffernan would walk out her office door and take time for herself. She called it “my thinking time.”

What she found is that we’ve gotten so accustomed to multitasking that we have forgotten how to
single task: to give our full attention and presence to just one thing – ourselves, a partner, a child, a family member, a friend, a colleague.

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Work-Life Balance for Empty Nesters

My wife and I became empty-nesters last August when our youngest went off to college, and we’ve been adjusting our balance ever since.

Not being one to always want to have to reinvent the wheel, I asked several friends who had been through this chapter in their lives to share with me what it was like for them and what they had learned. Although the range of experiences was huge, I did garner two consensus opinions: First, that things were strange for a while. Second, that it was a wonderful time for all.

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Work Life Balance and Sleep

Darrel Drobnich, Senior Director of Government and Transportation Affairs at the National Sleep Foundation, speaking about the need to understand how lack of sleep impacts how people live, think, and function, had this to say: “Our 300-year-old Puritan work ethic is running smack into this 24/7 society. The thing people cut back on is sleep. That’s a block of time they have control over.” His comments appeared in an article titled “Asleep at the Wheel” in the April 2007 edition of Reader’s Digest.

We’ve all been there before – we try to pack so much into our days that we sacrifice an hour or two of sleep and, before we know it, it becomes a short-term pattern that leads to mistakes and crankiness.

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E-book Dedication

Well, after much time and effort, I just finished my first e-book. It truly was a “labor of love.”

The title, “Your Life In Balance: A Breakthrough Guide for Creating the Life You Desire”, speaks for itself I think. It will be available on my Web site within the next few days at http://www.livellifeandsucceed.com

Not knowing what protocol is with regard to dedicating an e-book (as I’ve purchased several of them yet never read one with a dedication), but not being one to conform, I’ve determined that I would include my dedication in this blog. Here goes:

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In case you didn’t know …

I live in southeastern Wisconsin, but I’m available to speak with entrepreneurs, small business owners, self-employed individuals, and freelance professionals from all areas – nationally and internationally.

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“Plenty of snow, but no blizzard”

“Storm socks the state, but it’s not the punch we expected.” That’s the way the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper read this morning, and that about summed it all up. The paper continued: “Not that anyone was complaining, but the blizzard forecast to blow through southern Wisconsin on Sunday didn’t quite live up to its hype. Even though the storm dropped lots of snow, caused accidents and power failures, canceled flights and forced snowblowers to work overtime, folks bracing for the worst woke up Sunday to see that things weren’t as bad as some expected.”

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In the local news

Thanks to Caley Meals, Assistant Business Editor, for the following article which appeared as a feature in the Saturday edition of the Waukesha Freeman:

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Life Balance for Entrepreneurs

For those of you like me – entrepreneurs with families trying to juggle work and private time – there’s great news! I’ve just completed a report titled “Life Balance for Entrepreneurs with Families”. It will be available for download on the Web site late next week. Anyone wanting a FREE pre-release copy can email me

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