Monday, February 14, 2011

Work/Life Balance

I am a fan of TED and watch videos of the speakers each year. Their tag line is "Ideas Worth Spreading" which speaks to my marketing heart. I've always enjoyed sharing ideas. Brainstorming is one of my favorite hobbies.

I came across this particular video on work/life balance by Nigel Marsh. Not only was I interested in the topic, but I liked the message regarding the lives of corporate warriors today. For those of you who currently work for a corporation, take note. Your employer, no matter how good they are, will do what they can to get the most out of you. They could care less about your health or personal life.

Here are the four points that Nigel makes in his presentation at TED:

1. Most people work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to buy stuff they don't need to impress people they don't like.

2. If you don't design your own life, someone will do it for you - and you may not like their idea of work/life balance.

3. Be realistic regarding timef rame. You can't do it all in one day, yet don't wait until you retire either.

4. The small things matter. Balance does not require a dramatic upheaval.

If you would like to watch Nigel's video, CLICK HERE.

Nigel Marsh is also a published writer. His book "Overworked & Underlaid - a seriously funny guide to life" has received pretty good marks.

So, maybe it's time to take stock of your miserable existence and make some small changes that help you to enjoy life more. And for all you entrepreneurs out there, you're on the right track!