Remotely Controlling Life’s Little Distractions

How much time away from work do you take? Probably not enough as most of us don’t! If you aren’t sure Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, is here to save the day. He’s created the LQ or Lifestyle Quotient. Tim said that he’s wanted to seek a measurement for lifestyle, something better than bank accounts or blood alcohol level and he was able to take the leap and redesign his life once he started asking himself some difficult and uncommon questions. On a lighter note, now that you’ve decided it’s time to take some time away from work why not check out the movie Click with Adam Sandler? It’s all about a workaholic that pushes aside his wife and kids just to impress his boss and earn a well-deserved promotion. Suddenly he is presented with a magical remote that allows him to bypass life’s little distractions.

Have you been taking the proper amount of time away from work? Many of us don’t.

Not sure? Tim Ferriss, author of The 4 – Hour Workweek, can help you out. He’s created the Lifestyle Quotient (LQ). According to Tim:

“I’ve long sought a measurement for lifestyle, something better than bank accounts or Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). I was able to take the leap and redesign my own life only once I started asking myself difficult and uncommon questions such as:

How many hours do I work for each day of vacation?
What percentage of my life do I really spend working vs. doing something I want to be doing?

Enter the new world of the Lifestyle Quotient (LQ). If you want to see the real facts of your current work-life (im)balance, check out the world’s first LQ calculator here. The results will probably shock you.

What is your LQ?
What do you guesstimate your boss’s LQ to be?
What about your father or mother’s LQ compared to your own?

If you know someone who is a workaholic in denial, or who thinks an 80-hour workweek is a good way to spend their limited time on this planet, go for a lifestyle intervention and send them the LQ calculator. It might just wake them up faster than a triple-espresso frapuccino.”

Go ahead – check out the world’s first LQ calculator here.

Now that you’ve decided to spend some time away from work, maybe you’re looking for a good DVD to rent over the weekend.

Why not try Click? You wouldn’t expect a film staring Adam Sandler to make much of a statement, but this 2006 Academy award-nominated comedy/drama contains a message for those of us who need to be reminded why we put so much stake into balancing our lives.

Here’s the synopsis from Sony Films:

“A harried workaholic, Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) doesn’t have time for his wife (Kate Beckinsake) and children, not if he’s to impress his ungrateful boss and earn a well-deserved promotion. So when he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), a loopy sales clerk, he gets the answer to his prayers: a magical remote that allows him to bypass life’s little distractions with increasingly hysterical results. But as Michael gleefully mutes, skips and scans past his family and friends, the remote gradually takes over his life and begins to program him, in this fast, funny and out-of-control comedy adventure.”

A little bit of It’s a Wonderful Life, a faint touch of A Christmas Carol – both combine for a message of hope for those of us who seek life balance.

Here’s a trailer:

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