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Example 15: Getting a Life (Part 1)

One of the biggest problems in the developed world today is the problem of creating a balance between life and work. We work to live, yet if work takes up all our time, we have no life. Studies, articles, and books on this subject are starting to appear with increasing frequency, but we probably don't need studies to tell us that this has become a problem. Increased time spent getting to and from work, increasing pressures piled onto us at work (“If you don't do it, I'll find somebody who can”), and bringing work home with us all mean that our life is gradually being eroded by our work.

It is possible to stop this rot. I say this from experience, as someone who rarely works a week outside the range of 40–50 hours. To do so, you need three things. First of all, you need some kind of tool or measuring device to see how well or how badly you're doing. We've already seen this tool, the dance card. Next, you need to take on Principle 4, “Things don't get done if people don't do them.” From this flows the notion that things don't get done if people don't have the time to do them. Thus, we must find ways to make the time available so that the right things get done. Finally—and this is the magic ingredient—you need the willpower to make this happen. If you really want to do it, it will happen, but you must really want to do it.


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