Living for Work or Working for a Living? Six Solutions

Situation: The CEO typically works long hours and frequent weekends. This taxes family life and has resulted in neglect of activities that were previously enjoyed. How do other CEOs maintain a healthy work-life balance?

Advice from the CEOs:

  • Life is more than work. Just the fact of your asking this question indicates that you already know that too much focus on work is not good for you.
  • Develop and devote time to your hobbies. The CEO and engineers in one company developed a company robotics club, and even participate in robotic competitions. This has a number of benefits:
    • It provides fun away from work while keeping their creative engineering skills sharp;
    • In the process of competing, they meet and form relationships with potential business partners and customers;
    • It builds camaraderie and cohesiveness within the team;
    • They have the opportunity to involve their kids in this activity, and
    • They translate this into a public service by assisting local schools who have their own robotics clubs.
  • Regular exercise, particularly with a group, helps you to be more effective at work. This is supported by substantial objective research.
  • Involve other people – friends and family – in your hobby or exercise activity – it will help to both strengthen relationships and resist distractions.
  • To assure that this becomes part of your life, put it on the calendar and don’t let other priorities displace it.
  • Learn to say “no” to things that would displace this activity.

Key Words: Work-Life Balance, Hobbies, Family, Exercise, Health, Priorities 

2 thoughts on “Living for Work or Working for a Living? Six Solutions

  1. Full Commando

    One of the things that ties all of my clients together is thier need for answers. Every one of them wants me to tell them how to make things better. As a culture we’re gone 180 degrees from ourselves and constantly search for outside answers. This blog is a perfect example: “how do I destress? Oh, I NEED to read that, it has the answers!”

    No doubt someone early in your career gave you a checklist of things you NEEDED to do to do well. Throw the list out.

    Stop looking to others for approval and look within. Reconnect with yourself. If that means spending less time on the internet searching for answers, you’re probably on the right path.


  2. Sandy Post author

    Thanks, Shanti. Time spent on the Internet certainly does not substitute for either analytical or one-pointed meditation. All starts with finding, reconnecting with and accepting oneself.

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