Win at Work and Succeed at Life – Michael S Hyatt, Megan Hyatt Miller
The cult of overwork thrives when our imagination shrinks. The Double Win comes into view when we envision it
Great work-life balance is achievable and valuable
The underlying message from this book is by taking quality time off, you’ll achieve more in fewer hours with your work.
Getting enough sleep, and having hobbies, interests, and friendships are not design flaws in humans. They are features that contribute to making us more productive.
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Great work-life balance is achievable and valuable, but it’s not a static target. It requires ongoing work, adjustments, and fine-tuning.
1. Principle #1 — Recognize success is multi-dimensional.
Work is important, but you can also be successful at building a family, having great friends, serving in the community, becoming physically fit, and so on.
True success is only achieved when you’re successful in all the areas that matter to you, not just your career.
Principle #2 — Constraints are great productivity tools.
Constraints always force you to make choices. Everyone has a finite amount of time, money, energy, mental bandwidth, and so on.
When you work to those constraints, you’ll experience tremendous gains and fresh thinking. Welcome and embrace constraints.
Principle #3 — Work-Life balance is genuinely possible
Work-life balance is not a myth. It can be achieved, but be aware that it’s dynamic rather than static.
To achieve it, you’re going to have to make ongoing adjustments and fine-tune.
Weigh the domains of your life and give the right weight to all the different domains.
Principle #4 — There’s great power in nonachievement.
Having hobbies, making art, and spending time on raising your family is incredibly enriching and restorative. Build some time into your schedule for doing the stuff you love, but which won’t show up on your balance sheet. Downtime pays great dividends.