Four Reasons Why Work/Life Balance is Still Valid

Four Reasons Why Work/Life Balance is Still Valid

"Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."—Dolly Parton, American singer, actress, and businesswoman. Recently I've seen a lot of "RIP Work/Life Balance" claims, arguing that the concept is dying, if not already dead. Some people state outright that you can no longer expect much of a personal life if you ever want to reach the C-Suite. Most, however, just claim there's simply no longer a reasonable difference between work and personal life. Smartphones, Wi-Fi, and related technology have made it possible for work to intrude upon your private life anywhere, anytime… so, they say, you may as well give up on the idea of having any sort of work/life balance. I'll concede that technology has blurred the line between work and personal life, so that work can in … [Read more...]

Emphasizing Life in Your Work/Life Balance

Emphasizing Life in Your Work/Life Balance by Laura Stack #productivity

"It's just like a magic penny, hold it tight and you won't have any/Lend it, spend it, and you'd have so many/They'll roll all over the floor!" —"Love Is Something If You Give It Away," a classic children's song.   The whole point of being more productive is not stuffing even more work into your extra time. American workers have already achieved their most productive levels in history, thanks to the Industrial and Electronic revolutions. One of the core values that drives me, both at work and #OutsideWork, is the belief that the best way to show your love is with your time—both to others and yourself. What does it profit you to earn a million dollars, if you destroy your health and your family in the process? There really are some things money can't buy, though you do pay for th … [Read more...]

Lessons from the 2010 American Time Use Survey

"The business of the United States is business." -- Calvin Coolidge and several other American presidents "Last year continued to show the effects of the weak economy. The amount of time spent watching T.V. and other nonproductive activities remains extraordinarily high." -- Alan Krueger, American economist, in response to the 2010 American Time Use Study. "On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework -- such as cleaning or doing laundry -- compared with 49 percent of women." -- Citation from the 2010 American Time Use Study. On June 22, 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of its annual American Time Use Survey (ATUS) for 2010. A yearly tradition since 2003, ATUS offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways that Americans spend an average day. This time … [Read more...]

Productivity Minute Video: No Nosing In on Family Time

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R) discusses the importance of getting things done at work so your family time is not compromised. (C) 2011 Laura Stack, All Rights Reserved http://www.TheProductivityPro.com … [Read more...]

Work Life Balance: Productivity Minute Video: Can Money Buy Time

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R) shares tips on creating extra time by hiring out certain tasks. (C) 2011 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved http://www.TheProductivityPro.com … [Read more...]

Productivity Minute Video: Work Life Balance: Limit Your Childrens Activites to Manageable Levels

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R) shares suggestions on managing time by limiting activities. (C) 2011 Laura Stack, All Rights Reserved http://www.theproductivitypro.com … [Read more...]

Work Life Balance: Planning for Chaotic Transition Periods: Productivity Minute Video

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), discusses how planning ahead can make transition time easier. (C) 2011 Laura Stack, All Rights Reserved http://www.theproductivitypro.com … [Read more...]

Productivity Minute Video: Organize Your Children’s Items

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), shares tips on keeping your children's items organized. (C) 2010 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. www.TheProductivityPro.com … [Read more...]

Work Life Balance: How to Spend More Time with Your Family

How to Spend More Time with Your Family (Even When You're Fantastically Busy) “It's all about quality of life, and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.” -- Philip Green, British billionaire. Why are you working so hard? If you're like most of us, family is one of the biggest reasons: you want to provide a good life for the people you love. Which makes it all very ironic, since working long hours keeps you away from your family…the very people you're working so hard to provide for. It's a vicious circle. Remember that old song "Cat's in the Cradle," where the busy father missed out on his son growing up because he was too busy working…only to have the tables turned when he retired? It's not just a song. Things like that happen every day in the real world. The le … [Read more...]

Productivity Minute Video: You Can’t Be Productive While Falling Asleep

Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R) discusses the importance of adequate rest and how it relates to productivity. (C) 2010 Laura Stack. All Rights Reserved. … [Read more...]