These days, it seems like everyone is talking about work-life balance. While it’s something we all strive for, it’s rare to come across someone who feels like they have it.
So, is having work-life balance something that’s actually achievable? In a quest to find out, we decided to read Off Balance by Matthew Kelly for book club this month. In his book, Kelly shares the system he uses with his clients, his team, and himself to find deep, long-term satisfaction both personally and professionally.
Read along as our Events Coordinator Mary shares her thoughts on the book and how she’ll be applying it to her life!
Bloguettes Book Club: Off Balance
Tell us a little bit about Off Balance. What’s the overall premise of the book?
Off Balance addresses one of the major issues in our lives today: work-life balance. The author Matthew Kelly argues that we don’t really want balance, we want satisfaction.
In the book, he walks the reader through the clear steps to achieve satisfaction both personally and professionally. Overall, the book sparked great insight into how to achieve satisfaction in life by taking the time to organize your priorities.
Taking a question from the book: “If you inherited 10 billion dollars, what would you do for the rest of your life and what would you do with the money?”
I love to travel, so I would use the money to explore other places and meet new people around the world!
What did you learn from this read?
I learned the importance of prioritizing items that are most important in my life in order to be the happiest version of myself. It’s so easy to complain about being too busy or overworked, but the best way to alleviate that is to prioritize non negotiables in your life.
"It’s so easy to complain about being too busy or overworked, but the best way to alleviate that is to prioritize non negotiables in your life."
Who would you say this book is for? Who can benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is looking for satisfaction in their personal and professional life and wants clear tools and steps to achieve it. Business professionals, freelancers, stay-at-home moms would all benefit from the tools in this book!
Do you have any favorite quotes? If so, what are they?
“We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a week.”
I love this quote because I can completely relate! At the beginning of the workday (or day off!), I have a list of things I want to accomplish but find myself unable to get through the entire list.
Things come up throughout the day, meetings take longer than expected, and sometimes your daily list becomes too much to accomplish in 8 hours. Instead of a daily list, I’ve begun doing a weekly list on Sunday and then splitting it up between the days of the week. That way, I’m not putting unnecessary pressure on myself to complete all of my to-do’s on Monday.
What did you enjoy most about reading Off Balance?
I enjoyed the priority list exercise in the book, where I created a list that outlined exactly what it was in my life that gave him the most satisfaction. After much thought, I narrowed it down to five things on my list, five priority items that never wavered, no matter what urgent things came up.
Once completed, this list will give you a quick checklist so you are not “kidnapped by the urgent” details of our daily lives. You will only give attention and energy to those things that move you toward a life of personal and professional satisfaction.
Let’s talk action steps. How do you plan to apply what you learned?
After reading the book, I’ve made a consistent effort to evaluate my must-do’s at the beginning of each week. Kelly recommends a weekly and quarterly “review” to look back on what you could improve on and what your goals and priorities are in the next week and/or quarter. This is a great tool to help you manage your time and take control of your satisfaction at work and home. So far, so good!