Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

Off Balance Getting Beyond the Work Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction The prescriptive follow up to the New York Times bestseller The Dream Manager One of the major issues in our lives today is work life balance Everyone wants it no one has it But Matthew Kelly believes

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  • Title: Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction
  • Author: Matthew Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781594630811
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The prescriptive follow up to the New York Times bestseller The Dream Manager One of the major issues in our lives today is work life balance Everyone wants it no one has it But Matthew Kelly believes that work life balance was a mistake from the start Because we don t really want balance We want satisfaction.Kelly lays out the system he uses with his clients, his tThe prescriptive follow up to the New York Times bestseller The Dream Manager One of the major issues in our lives today is work life balance Everyone wants it no one has it But Matthew Kelly believes that work life balance was a mistake from the start Because we don t really want balance We want satisfaction.Kelly lays out the system he uses with his clients, his team, and himself to find deep, long term satisfaction both personally and professionally He introduces us to the three philosophies of our age that are dragging us down He shows us how to cultivate the energy that will give us enough battery power for everything we need and want to do And finally, in five clear steps, he shows us how to use his Personal Professional Satisfaction System to establish and honor our biggest priorities, even if we spend a lot time on some of the lesser ones.

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    1. I wouldn't call this book a gold mine it has some bits of copper, mixed in amongst doggie poo. And not the dry kind that can be set aside for a compost heap. The wet, smelly kind that sticks to the bottom of your shoe and has things growing in it.The author begins with a story about a man who is satisfied with life, in a story designed to make ambition look bad. He then spends the rest of the book explaining why happiness is bad and dedication to your employer not to humanity, not to your family [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book, though the assessment questions aren't great in audio format. The author's perspective of the role of work and personal life, how we use them to address our values and develop ourselves, and the (mental) approach to having life satisfaction were described well. The challenge is always that once you identify what's important to you, that making those changes can be difficult. While he spoke about this, I thought there could have been more detail on both identifying val [...]

    3. I am interested in learning more about "Flow" or "Work/Life Balance" or "Personal and Professional Satisfaction" - this book's promise to a happier life. This issue I had with this book was that it had a similar feeling to one of those "seminars". Y'know the ones, where the charismatic guy leads you through some inspiring exercises, the whole time promising to help you and teasing that we are getting so close, and then leaves you in the end with a to-do list of nicely vague check-marks to accomp [...]

    4. I could not tell you what I took away from this, because it didn't have a clear theme.Basically this is a condescending book about a man whose wife almost left him but he saw some anonymous person speak on work life balance so now he knows everything there is to work life balance. Weirdly irrelevant personal anecdotes thrown in. Oh! And did you know he knows the meaning of life?!It feels less a personal development book and more "hey I got my life together somehow and now I know everything in th [...]

    5. good. short read. advocates satisfaction more than balance. I could appreciate that. they had it available for employees to read this at work acceptable reading. ok

    6. Off Balance, by Matthew Kelly, goes beyond time management and work-life balance to discuss overall satisfaction with life and how to increase it. He begins by asking the reader what he/she likes and doesn’t like about his/her life. He then critiques the individualism, the hedonism, and the minimalism that characterizes American culture today. He offers the alternative of becoming the “best-version-of-yourself” that you can be as the most effective strategy to achieve satisfaction.He defin [...]

    7. This was a surprisingly helpful book which was great to read through, but it could be even more useful as an aid to a group workshop, perhaps for young professionals starting out, or a professional development session for colleagues.Its premise is to help us to learn how to become the best version of ourselves that we can be. Instead of focusing on a balance between everything, it focuses on helping you find satisfaction at the deepest level through identifying and accomplishing what is most imp [...]

    8. I loved this book! Kelly outlines a common-sense alternative to the concept of "balance" between our personal and professional lives. Instead, he stresses that we should strive for satisfaction through strategically planning for the life we want. I especially liked the emphasis that the purpose of life is to "become the-best-version-of-yourself." I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their satisfaction with their life! While Kelly cites corporate America quite often, [...]

    9. If you have struggled with applying work-life balance to your life, I'd highly recommend this book. Has several helpful tips and exercises as well as a good central thesis of switching focus from managing time to managing your energy; seeking a satisfying life instead of a balanced one; and not feeling guilty of unsuccessfully being "balanced" between life and work due to an unrealistic expectation established by a faulty interpreted concept. Really worth it and I'll revisit it again for pointer [...]

    10. What will drive even higher levels of human performance in the 21st century? The answer is: energy management.

    11. After being a strong work-life balance advocate for much of the past 15 years, "Off Balance" has been on my 'must read' list for awhile. Oh, how I wish I hadn't waited so long! Within the first 30 pages, Matthew Kelly succinctly lays waste to the work-life balance myth explaining very clearly why he refers to it as the biggest management failure of the last 30 years.I've read scores of business-think, self-help, professional development books over the years. I have been fortunate to have been in [...]

    12. A short read with a several excellent concepts, which may form the basis for further personal exploration. The big ideas for me were:1. Personal and professional satisfaction trumps the idea of finding work-life balance.2. The purpose of life is to create the best version of ourselves and to pursue only those things and experiences which will produce that result.3. Our levels of energy drive and are directly correlated to our levels of satisfaction.4. Creating systems based on priorities/a value [...]

    13. People looking for more work-life balance may empathize with Lewis Carroll, “the hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Kelly’s premise is simple: You can’t separate the personal and professional aspects in your life. You can consider them separately to gain insight, but practical separation is impossible. The key is not balance, it is satisfaction. Off Balance often ventures into familiar territory – decide what’s important, have a plan and execute it through discipline and personal acc [...]

    14. I have enjoyed several of Matthew Kelly's other books. This one is more secular in nature- aimed at a self-improvement business audience. I believe the greatest accomplishment of this work is the author's attempt to reframe the conversation about "work-life balance" to "personal and professional satisfaction. The premise is that balance is an untenable state that requires constant assessment and reassessment that may not be very productive or even necessary, if you are clear on your personal and [...]

    15. This guy doesn't seem to know his audience (burnt out and jaded managers with crap employees maybe?) when he describes his 3 drivers of poor performance which aren't generally the symptoms of people exhausted from overwork and yearning for work/life balance. He would have been far better off in saying this is the next evolution of achieving "work/life balance". Making it less about quantity of hours and more about healthy focus on both areas supporting achievement in each.The wisest part of the [...]

    16. This book was fantastic. It asked a number of a deep and insightful questions that really did a good job of challenging my perspective and forcing me to address the things that would really make me happy or unhappy. The most interesting aspect of the book was probably where he described the different levels of energy, and how they affected you; I could really relate to that, and I thought it was a great way to spell it out.

    17. The premise is good; what people need is not “work-life balance” so much as “satisfaction.” I don’t think it really gets enough into how to achieve that, though. That said, it did introduce some thought-provoking ideas, for example, “anything in your life that doesn’t make you a better version of yourself is making you a lesser version of yourself” (the stuff you own, job, hobbies, people, what you eat, etc). I think it’s worth a read, but don’t expect it to be life-changing. [...]

    18. A compact book of essentials to consider when prioritizing one’s life in order to achieve balance between one’s professional and personal life. There are useful worksheets to discern one’s priorities, as well as lists of tips for creating changes to achieve a life of satisfaction (i.e. accountability, prioritization, and strategizing). A very practical book.

    19. This book would make a better article than a book. You know a boom hasn't held your interest when you have to renew it from the library over and over again, and you still haven't finished it by the final due date. The first chapter made for some interesting conversations, but it could have ended there for me.

    20. Great book!This book really made me think. The discussions about managing my energy was my favorite part of the book. A great read for anyone feeling off balance.

    21. Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction by Mathew Kelly“Off Balance" is a very helpful and practical book on how to help the reader design and build a more satisfying life in both the personal and professional arenas. Best-selling author and consultant, Mathew Kelly, promises a more satisfying life through a personalized system that readers can apply to their lives. This useful 160-page book includes the following five chapters: 1. The B [...]

    22. I have become a much bigger proponent of work-life balance in the last year than I could have imagined. So much so that I quit my dream job, took a forty percent pay cut, and moved across the country to have a better chance of adding some “life” to my own work-life balance. So I really wanted to love this book, but I think at best I can only say that I liked it all right. (Which, really, is not the worst comment someone can make about a book.)And the kind of sad reason is that there’s real [...]

    23. The premise in this book about the work-life balance "myth" is that balance is an unachievable or romanticized goal. It is actually satisfaction that we should be striving for, in both our personal and professional lives. The book also emphasizes the need for people to approach their personal lives strategically, just as they (hopefully) approach their professional lives strategically. Kelly's assertions are then strongly supported by anecdotal evidence and exercises to help readers identify ste [...]

    24. Off Balance is based on the premise that the often discussed subject of work-life balance is a misconception and that work and life are intertwined to a degree that makes them impossible to separate. Someone unhappy in their job is likely to be unhappy in their personal life and vice versa. Instead, author Matthew Kelly focuses on a principle he feels is more applicable to a well lived life: satisfaction, which includes the desire to be “the-best-version-of-myself” personally and professiona [...]

    25. This book is not what I thought it was when I started it. However, I gained so much more out of it than I expected. I learned about myself but also my team members. I recognize the differences, and already within a few days of finishing the book, I have noticed a difference in my attitudes at work.

    26. This is one the best self-improvement books I have read in recent years. Most of the self-improvement books are set in the context of how to improve our style/communication/interaction/self in a professional setting. This books nixes that idea. The author lays the responsibility for satisfaction totally on the reader. He embarks on a journey explaining how work-life balance is a bad goal and instead we should focus on Personal and Professional Satisfaction (PPS) as our objective. The examples ar [...]

    27. Matthew Kelly shatters all myths of work/life balance. There IS no work/life balance, just personal satisfaction that includes satisfaction with your work & home (personal) life. Work & personal life can't be separated, because you only have one life, one body living part of the time working & the rest at home, where what happens in one affects the other. Kelly gives you strategies in how to achieve personal satisfaction that gives you a feeling of accomplishment and meaning to your [...]

    28. I thought the overall idea of making sure to integrate your work and personal life and having a "strategy" for managing your personal endeavors was a good one. However, at times, the book seemed rather "gimmicky." It was like an infomercial about following this simple steps to achieve happiness. The ideas he outlined in themselves are good, but it seemed that everything was packaged into easy steps, or strategies. But there were so many strategies, it was hard to keep them straight. I also think [...]

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