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From Unclutterer: How do you keep focused on an important relationship when “things go back to normal?” A recent article in The Wall Street Journal suggests that finding the right (dare I say) balance between your work and personal lives can be difficult, particularly for entrepreneurs.
From FastCompany: Imagine a kayak commute, or taking a break to try out the office climbing wall. At one Bay Area office of the company that includes The North Face, employees are kept happy by being kept active and outdoorsy.
From Knowledge@Wharton: The title of Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work is no hyperbole: A 2010 Pew Research study survey found that 65% of adults keep a handheld device at or near their heads while sleeping. Are the tools designed to make us more efficient and more productive actually making us less so? That question is the initial point of departure for Harvard Business School professor Leslie A. Perlow in her new book, the story of a modest experiment with unexpectedly profound consequences.
From FastCompany: Sheryl Sandberg leaves work at 5:30. Barbara Corcoran shuts off her phone for half the day. And that rascal Tim Ferriss somehow gets away with only working four hours a week (allegedly). But they’re all superstars. Here’s what normal people can do to set healthy work boundaries.
From Terry Barber in ChangeThis: Most of my career has been in advertising, branding, and writing. Over the years, I’ve seen hundreds of ads, letters, proposals, and commercials. In the past, I would judge these creative renderings based on their message and intended audience — still not a bad consideration within the process. But now, as I begin passing judgment, I find myself critiquing something else: the white space. Does it have enough white space? I can’t say it enough: I hate being crowded, and I really despise crowded letters, crowded ads, crowded 60-second spots. They try to say so much that I can’t hear anything. Like the train, like the highway, like my closet, these communiqués and radio spots are all calling out in one accord, ‘MORE WHITE SPACE. PLEASE!
From FastCompany: As work becomes our lives, it becomes more and more important for us to be happy at work. But few of us are. A revolution in workplace happiness would make us healthier and more productive. How can we get there?
From FastCompany: That myth compels many of us to view an ideal life as a set of perfectly level scales. On the tray on one side is your personal life. On the other side is your work life. With heroic efforts, you can keep both trays exactly level. If one starts to tip too far, you make some kind of nifty move that balances them again.
In reality, that perfect balance almost never occurs, except for those rare, fleeting moments when the trays pass each other on the way up or down — and we’re too frazzled to appreciate that brief moment of self-actualization anyway.