Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

Matthew Kelly. Hudson Street, $21.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-59463-081-1
Why is work-life balance so difficult to achieve? Because, says Kelly (The Dream Manager), the very concept is fatally flawed. The attempt to "balance" life against work necessarily pits the two against each other; in reality, we do not have two lives, one personal and one professional, but one life that contains both aspects. Better to seek satisfaction rather than balance, and Kelly presents the three philosophies (working to become the best version of yourself, practicing virtue, and self-control) that will help you get there. He urges readers to get in touch with their dissatisfaction, to ask the big questions, and to follow his five-step plan to personal and professional satisfaction: assessment, assigning priorities, developing core habits, and performing both a weekly strategy session and a quarterly review. Though the ideas are solid, they're thin on the ground—readers looking for a more substantive treatment will be left wanting. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/20/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
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