One of the better pieces of advice I found in the book was the suggestion to track and implement what he calls “Life Buckets.” By tracking how you spend your time across the most important areas of your life, you can really take a step back and see how balanced your life really is. Since I’m still relatively young and in the initial stages of my career, my distribution is slightly different than the example he provides for himself in the book, but I’m sure that as I get older the buckets will continue to shift:
Career: 60 hours (36%)
Family/Friends/Relationships: 15 hours (9%)
Spirituality/Reflection: 2 hours (1%)
Health/Sleep/Exercise: 59 hours (35%)
Fun/Recreation/Reading: 22 hours (13%)
Social responsibility/Making a difference: 10 hours (6%)
Total: 168 hours (100%)
I encourage others to take time and reflect on the balance in their own lives and if you’re not happy with where it is right now, start taking steps to shift the balance more towards what you value most.
Did I also mention, I’m a huge fan of Martin Seligman and his theories of Positive Psychology? (That’s actually also why I decided to call the blog Positive Ventures – combining my interest in positive psychology with new ventures!) It’s definitely worth learning more about and all his books are also very insightful.
Here is also a very comprehensive list of some great business books to add to your reading list: