No, You Don’t Need to Make People Think You’re Working 29 Hours a Day. Ever.

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Jason Fell recently wrote a post for Entrepreneur on entrepreneur Grant Cardone’s approach that entrepreneurs must always be open for business, and that means staying semi-plugged-in while on vacation (about an hour a day).

The piece closes with this killer quote:

“Nobody ever knows when I’m [away from work],” he says. “People think I’m working 29 hours out of a 24-hour day. That’s the impression you need to create.”

Why? [Read more…]

The Work-Life Inventory

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Being a Rebel is more than just working effectively — it’s about maximizing all areas of your life. After all, what’s the point of being ridiculously efficient if you can’t enjoy the extra free time?

We often read stories about work-life balance, but this verbiage implies that we spend equal time on work and non-work activities. Not so here at RE. You’ll see me use the phrase “work-life alignment” in place of “work-life balance” on the site for this reason, even though the latter has a higher search volume.

I agree with the maxim that you cannot improve what you cannot measure. The following tool will help you record your satisfaction with various areas of your life over a 30-day period. [Read more…]

Linds Redding, Perspective and Work-Life Alignment

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(CC) Linds Redding
In October, art director Linds Redding died of esophageal cancer, bringing some of his older blog posts back into the spotlight. One, “A Short Lesson in Perspective,” was shared across the Web a month or so after his passing, and it finally crossed my desk this week. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest you do, as it’ll give you all the context you need to have about work, life and the alignment of the two.

Although you might not do creative work as Redding did, chances are good that you’ll recognize passages like this:

It turns out I didn’t actually like my old life nearly as much as I thought I did. I know this now because I occasionally catch up with my old colleagues and work-mates. They fall over each other to enthusiastically show me the latest project they’re working on. Ask my opinion. Proudly show off their technical prowess (which is not inconsiderable.) I find myself glazing over but politely listen as they brag about who’s had the least sleep and the most takaway food. “I haven’t seen my wife since January, I can’t feel my legs any more and I think I have scurvy but another three weeks and we’ll be done. It’s got to be done by then The client’s going on holiday. What do I think?”

When did sleeplessness and time away from loved ones become something to brag about? Why do so many of us wait until we receive a life-threatening diagnosis to get perspective on what actually matters?

More importantly, what are you doing today to protect your work-life alignment, health and longevity?