Redefining Work-Life Balance: One-Minute Tools to Manage Stress, Achieve More & Enjoy Life Every Day

Redefining Work-Life Balance: One-Minute Tools to Manage Stress, Achieve More & Enjoy Life Every Day

by Jim Bird


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Yes - There Is Work-Life Balance! … but it’s probably not what you think.

Too many academics and HR departments have defined work-life balance in superficial ways that make it unattainable, undesirable, or both. Common sense dictates that if something you desire is ill-defined or “impossible,” your outcomes will be disappointing and potentially even harmful.  But sadly, common sense hasn’t been common practice.

Redefining Work-Life Balance is about creating life-altering, positive results. These pages convey a way to deliver powerful results using simple, one-minute tools proven to enhance life balance and enjoyment. The outcome is reduced stress, increased achievement, and more joy every day – for the rest of your life!

Discover and enjoy easy-to-learn concepts with practical applications to:
  • Understand what work-life balance really means

  • Avoid the “As soon as…” trap

  • Establish a ‘Way of Living’ Goal -  A powerful tool for crafting how you live every day

  • Accomplish your work-life priorities faster… and with less stress

  • Find a more rewarding and happier balance in all your relationships
  • Master the emotion-decision link with your personal emotional management tool
  • The tools and tactics in Redefining Work-Life Balance were refined while building a light manufacturing business from a small startup to generating over $100,000,000 in sales with a great team of 250+! That success and the success of thousands of clients is made possible by adapting and applying these tools, and respecting that in addition to having a job, each one of us has a life.

    Create more achievement at work and more enjoyment in life with Redefining Work-Life Balance!

    Part One of this book begins by dispelling the myth that there is no such thing as work-life balance. Instead, it delivers a proven re-definition that is clear, fulfilling, and attainable, along with a tool set that will enhance the value and positive balance you get from life – today and every day.

    Part Two is about people and relationships. You will learn two powerful one-minute tools that can be applied to your life immediately. The outcome is having a more rewarding, less stressed, and happier balance with the important individuals in your personal and work life. In each chapter, you will also see examples from people who have generously shared their personal stories and experiences in implementing these tools.

    Part Three is about achieving the things you want in life. It delivers two tools that supercharge your thinking. You will get more good thinking done with each of these tools in minutes than most people get done in days, weeks, or even a lifetime of typical pondering.

    You will also discover two balance measurement tools: one gauges your emotional status and reactions, the other illuminates your current emphasis in life and enables you to adjust it easily if it is not where you want it to be.

    Part Four concludes these pages using your definition of a good work-life balance to clarify your Way of Life goals. These goals are not specific markers to surpass or milestones to accomplish, they are instead way of living goals. What are the most meaningful and important outcomes you want from your life every day? You will be surprised how quickly these meaningful and often life-changing goals become clear with this final tool in the book.

    My promise to you is that by applying these proven tools, you will create immediate positive outcomes, personally and professionally. More importantly, based on the feedback I have received across demographics, countries, and cultures, I expect that you too will retain and use your favorite tools along with your re-definition of work-life balance to be happier, less stressed, and more fulfilled over your lifetime.

    Let’s turn the page and redefine work-life balance in a way that works for you!

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781948787833
    Publisher: Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press
    Publication date: 04/30/2019
    Pages: 220
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

    About the Author

    Jim Bird has consulted with hundreds of companies and coached tens of thousands of individuals to successfully create more achievement, joy, and positive balance in their personal and professional lives. A recognized pioneer in work-life balance he is the founder and CEO of WorkLifeBalance and a regular speaker and author who is frequently cited in major media including the front page of USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the LA Times, Huffington Post and Forbes.

    Jim’s passion for work-life balance began as a college research project focused on developing know how and tools to excel in building a career and enjoying life’s journey. Growing a startup from three individuals to a team of 250 and generating over $100 million in sales he further refined and developed these tools in the real world. Jim is married with two daughters and lives in Atlanta, GA . He is an avid saltwater fisherman and loves spending his free time fishing the Florida flats.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    Part 1 Redefining Work-Life Balance 5

    1 Work-Life Balance Redefined 7

    Avoiding the "As Soon As" Trap 11

    Summary 13

    2 The Choice Challenge 15

    A Simpler Way - Your Life as a Puzzle 18

    Summary 21

    3 The Commitment Tool 23

    Daily Calendars 24

    Summary 28

    Part 2 Building More Meaningful Relationships 29

    4 Gain More Achievement & Enjoyment in Every Relationship 31

    Instant Chemistry 34

    Clarifying the Functions 35

    Date vs. Meeting - Tool #3 39

    There is Always a Face on Your Watch 44

    Summary 45

    5 TAP® Into Your Family & Friends 47

    Good Ideas Are Not Enough 53

    Your Turn 54

    Doing Important Things That Would Not Have Gotten Done 57

    Doing Important Things Sooner 57

    Summary 60

    6 TAP Into Your Work Associates 61

    Active Listening is the Most Critical Part of Communication 62

    Good listening is the key to good communications. Consistent follow-through is the key to making good communications pay off 63

    Listening Occurs Almost Automatically When You TAP 63

    Play Includes Catching People Doing Something Right 65

    TAP Into an External Client 66

    Summary 71

    7 TAP Into Yourself 73

    Summary 79

    8 Capturing the Magic of the Moment 81

    Learning the "F" Word 84

    Quality Time - What Does it Mean? 87

    Summary 89

    9 Your Emotional Management Tool 91

    The TAP Summary 97

    Summary 100

    10 Changing Your Life Emphasis for More Value & Balance 101

    Emphasis Settings - Balance Within and Between Your Life Quadrants 105

    Summary 112

    Part 3 Achieving More in Life and Work 113

    11 Supercharge Your Thinking 115

    The List and Prioritize Method 116

    Shorter, More Effective Meetings 119

    Summary 120

    12 Identifying & Completing Your Most Important Projects 121

    Summary 128

    13 A PATH to Success with Family & Friends 129

    Summary 133

    14 A PATH to Success In Your Work 135

    Summary 143

    15 Your Most Important Self Project 145

    A Self Quadrant PATH 145

    Summary 151

    16 A Lifetime of Successful PATHs 153

    Use PATH, WIN, A.M. & P.M. and Happiness Meter Together 153

    Keep Your PATHs Visible 154

    Make a Monthly PATH - Stay in Focus on the Most Important 155

    Summary 157

    Part 4 Your Big Picture 159

    17 Way of Life Goals 161

    The Crucial Difference Between Project Goals and Way of Life Goals 162

    Answering the Big Question: Why? 165

    How to Avoid the "As Soon As" Traps 166

    Way of Life Goals - The Wide-Angle View 167

    The Achievement & Enjoyment Standard for Every Goal 170

    Answering the Big Question - Why? 171

    Summary 172

    Reader's Note 172

    18 A Way of Life Goal for Your Work 173

    Summary 181

    19 A Way of Life Goal for Family & Friends 183

    Family and Friends 183

    Summary 191

    20 A Way of Life Goal for You 193

    Who's Left? 193

    Summary 197

    21 You Can Change Your Big Picture 199

    Choice Does Not Require Change 202

    Summary 203

    22 Using the Tools Together 205

    23 Making an Attitude Investment 209

    An Attitude Investment 212

    Summary 216

    24 Getting the Most from This Book 217

    Complete This One-Minute Exercise 217

    Tell Somebody 218

    Apply One of the Tools for All of Next Week 218

    Review This Book Soon 218

    Work-Life Balance Resources 221

    Redefining Work-Life Balance Online Workshop 221

    Redefining Work-Life Balance Live Workshops 221

    Redefining Work-Life Balance Train-The-Trainer 221

    Redefining Work-Life Balance Keynotes 222

    Tula - The Work-Life Skills Dashboard 222

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