Do You Feel Challenged at Work?

How satisfied and challenged are you in your work?  Do you feel like your job has meaning?  Like you’re making a difference?

I recently attended the Global Leadership Summit videocast.  And as I said in a previous post, it’s an annual opportunity for me to re-charge my personal leadership “batteries.”

Bill Hybels founded the Global Leadership Summit, and he’s also the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.

work life balance, fulfillment at workBill kicked off the first session of the Global Leadership Summit and began his talk by asking, “What is your current level of challenge in your work?”  He suggested three basic levels of challenge: [Read more…]

Work-Life Balance Lessons from Two Entrepreneurs

Work-Life Balance Challenges for EntrepreneursI just watched a video (click above to view it) from MSNBC on two entrepreneurs who were driven to make drastic changes and cuts in their businesses.

Was it the bad economy that led them to cut back?  Or uncertainty about the looming debt crisis in America?

No.  It was the desire to gain more sanity and balance in their personal and professional lives.

In the five-minute video segment, Mary Leonard, owner of Chocolat Celeste, and Dan Wedge, owner of Dove and Hudson Old Books, each came to the point where they needed to reinvent themselves and their businesses.

They realized that they could continue to build and grow their business in the way they had been doing it, but it would come at a great personal cost of them investing more time in their business.  

So they made radical change instead. [Read more…]

What’s Your Favorite Summer Activity to Boost Your Work-Life Balance?

restore work life balance in the summerDo you have any summer traditions or activities that help you improve or restore your work-life balance?

I travel a lot for work, and summer is one of my busier travel times.

But it’s also one of my family’s favorite times of the year for enjoying the great outdoors.

This creates a bit of tension and frustration for all involved, because we end up missing some great things we could have enjoyed if I didn’t have to be away at that particular time.

Gratefully, we’ve discovered one thing that really helps restore my sense of work-life balance, and helps our family grow closer together:  a holiday at a cottage on a lake. [Read more…]

Can You Maintain Life Balance When Traveling for Work?

work life balance business travelIs work-life balance possible when you travel frequently for work?  It’s a question I’ve struggled with over the last three years, and am especially mindful of right now while I’m on the road.

I’ve mentioned before that I travel quite a bit for work.  Some times of the year are busier than others, and June and July are my busiest travel months.

In fact, I started writing this post from the San Diego International Airport last Thursday night, while waiting for my red-eye flight home.  I’d been there 3 days.  Then I enjoyed two wonderful, but short, days at home with my family – we went to the beach both days.

On Sunday I drove 13 hours to Roanoke, Virginia where I’m finishing this post before I hit the road to my next destination.

During these busy travel times, when my days are filled with a lot of driving and meetings, I often find it difficult to maintain my regular routines and keep up on some things that are important to me: [Read more…]

Weeding Out Your Life to Get More Balance

Finding work-life balance by pulling weeds from your lifeI just read a post over at Productivity Hacks on how to weed out your business to be more productive. The author explained that in tough economic times, people and businesses often ask themselves, “What can we do without?”

Of course, there are some core things, like customers and products, that no businesses can do without. But other things seep in or creep in over time.  They may have once seemed to be important or vital, but really aren’t so now, once we start to ask the question.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve observed that it’s more often in the tough times when we ask, “What can we do without?” I think it’s because we have to, or are forced to, due to certain conditions we face.

But it’s not just about finances and money. [Read more…]

Want More Work-Life Balance? You May Need to Move!

Best countries for work life balanceIf you want to achieve more work-life balance, you may have to move.  To Europe.  To Denmark, to be precise.

Denmark is the top country in the world for work-life balance, according to a recent study released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The study ranked the level of work-life balance according to three indicators:

  • Average amount of time each day spent on leisure and personal care
  • Percentage of employees who work on average more than 50 hours a week
  • Employment rate for women with school-age children

The findings revealed that Danes devote 68 percent of their day – 16.3 hours – to personal care (defined as “eating, sleeping, etc”) and leisure (“socializing with friends and family, hobbies, games, computer and television use, etc.”).

Only 0.02% of Danes work more than 50 hours a week.  And 78% of Danish mothers go back to work once their children are in school. [Read more…]