#15. Why You Need To Take Stock Of Your Miserable Existence

In this episode Cem and Wayne discuss why we should be regularly assessing our work-life balance for a healthier and more rewarding life. We discuss the reasons why people get trapped in their work dominated lifestyles and how they can turn things around by focusing on small wins and narrowing down on what’s really important.

What you’ll hear

00:00 Introduction

Beginning quote:

“Decide what you stand for. And then stand for it all the time.”  ― Clayton M. Christensen

03:00 Where do most people go wrong with their work-life balance?

06:50 What areas of your life should you be focusing?

08:00 Finance, Career, Relationships and Well-being are core pillars of work-life balance.

09:20 Chasing money is a destroyer of work-life balance.

11:40 Some jobs just don’t come with a work-life balance.

12:00 Can a 9-to-5 ever give you work-life balance?

15:00 What are the categories of my life that I want to work on?

15:15 We’re trained to put career above everything else.

16:30 Don’t get caught up in marginal cost thinking when it comes to your work-life balance.

18:30 Small incremental wins are key.

19:30 Don’t wait until retirement to start living.

21:00 The way you live your  life affects everyone around you.

22:00 Does the extra money really measure up against the other aspects of your life?

23:30 Even with good intentions you can destroy work-life balance.

25:30 Mapping your ideal week is a great start (Michael Hyatt – Free Spreadsheet Template)


28:00 Take responsibility of your time.

29:50 Entrepreneurship gives you more control.

31:30 A good work-life balance makes you more productive.

35:00 Productivity Hack – Start Working On Pomodoro Time

36:00 With so many distractions, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of your time.

37:10 Discipline is so important when nurturing a work-life balance.

38:20 Starting asking yourself “What’s important right now?”

40:00 Work-life balance is an ever changing and ongoing process.

41:00 Celebrate the small wins when you stick to your work-life balance.

43:40 Episode Wrap Up & Action steps

Action Steps:

1. Decide what your values are and stick to them.

2. Do the things that get disproportionate results.

3. Celebrate the small wins in both life and work.

End Quote

“There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” — Nigel Marsh

Book Recommendations

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

Try out #100DaysOfHappy to become more mindful of the good things in your life. If you struggle, it more than likely your work-life balance is out of whack! http://100happydays.com/

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