7 Good Books on Work-Life Balance

Working too hard? Feel like you’re stuck in a rut and things are getting on top of you?

Take some time out from the rat race and pickup a book about work-life balance. Audio, paperback or electronic, whatever takes your fancy. Here are 7 popular work-life balance books – great for workers, managers, entrepreneurs, mums at home, or anyone who wants to live a happier, healthier, more balanced and fulfilling life.

Living Forward – by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy

A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

It’s so very easy to just drift along and be distracted by the day to day challenges work and life in general throw our way. But if you’re drifting along and feeling unfulfilled in life, then you need to read this book. This book demonstrates how to focus on the big picture – your life plan – something many of us don’t take the time to do. This book will help you to identify what you want, set priorities and create a plan of action to get more out of life.

Off-Balance – by Matthew Kelly

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

In this book the author gives you a step-by-step guide on how to achieve greater satisfaction from your personal and professional life. He discusses how work and life are ‘intertwined’ – not to be thought of as separate elements because both impact each other in various ways – and how the balance between the two is something we have to create for ourselves. The strategies outlined in this book will not only help you to achieve personal and professional satisfaction, but also help you to become the very best version of yourself.

Do Less, Get More – by Shaa Wasmund

How to Work Smart and Live Life Your Way

This book is a great reminder of how we should all stop worrying about other people’s agendas and focus more on the things that make us happy in life.  The book teaches you strategies for saying “No” and helps you to streamline your life, career and relationships. After reading this book you will re-evaluate how you spend your time and know how to put your energy towards the things that really matter and provide fulfillment in life.

The SuperWoman’s Guide to Super Fulfillment – by Dr. Jaime Kulaga

Step-by-Step Strategies to Create Work-Life Balance

If you’re a superwoman – juggling home, children and a job – but often find yourself completely overwhelmed, exhausted and run off your feet, then this book is for you. The author gives you the skills and techniques needed to maintain a fulfilling and active life minus the stress of trying to keep it all together. You’ll learn how to prioritise activities, identify your key roles, create effective plans, set goals the smart way, ask for help when you need it, and keep track of your achievements.

Optimal Living 360 – by Sanjay K. Jain

Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life

In this book the author introduces you to his “ASPIRES” model for integrative decision making, which considers six fundamental aspects of living. Many people have coined Dr Sanjay’s model as a revolutionary approach to personal fulfillment. He combines common sense with valuable research to teach you how to focus on the big picture and make decisions that give you the highest return on investment in life. It’s a self-help book based on the author’s own experience in his personal life journey to discover optimal living.

The 4 Hour Work Week – by Timothy Ferriss

Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This book has to be on our favourites list – it’s not only a number 1 bestseller, it’s an international phenomenon. If you haven’t read this book as yet, do yourself a favour. It’s a very easy read and will motivate you to take action as soon as you put it down. This book encourages you to live an enjoyable life NOW, not wait until you retire. It provides real-world examples along with templates you can use to re-invent yourself and design the life of your dreams.

Life Matters – by A. Roger Merrill

Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time & Money

This book is not ground breaking but includes some very good advice and tips, and is a great reference book to refer back to at different stages of your life. It serves as a good reminder about the principles of life that we often take for granted. Covering time, money, family, and work, the book also provides quizzes so you can self-assess these areas in your own life.

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