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Chapter 10. Simplify! Simplify! > Work-Home Imbalance

Clutter Area 3:. Work-Home Imbalance

Some ambitious people devote so much time and energy to their work that they create tension in their personal or family relationships. These workaholics forget that an unhappy personal life can affect their overall attitude and cause them to turn negative on the job.

Lon and Larry Get Out of Balance

Lon is so committed to his job as branch manager that everything at home gets second priority. Although he tries to catch up on repairs and chores on Sundays, he never quite succeeds. As a result, family tensions sometimes run high and he feels frustrated. Lon can’t seem to see that he could lower his frustration by shifting some time and attention to his personal life, and this would improve his attitude at work–and also improve his work performance.

Larry, one of Lon’s key supervisors, is in two bowling leagues, works out three days a week, always seems to have “Somewhere I gotta go!” at 5:01 P.M., and hasn’t missed a Monday Night Football game at the local sports bar in three years. His staff is often playing catch-up, and Larry spends a lot of time on the phone chasing down details and minor problems that should have been resolved yesterday. Larry doesn’t seem to understand that successful supervisors often put in a longer work week than the staff that works for them.



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