Forget work-life balance. Just monitor your “willpower gauge.” – SCN Encourager

Many experts believe achieving work-life balance is a pipe dream.


Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 7.28.07 PMYou’re either working on YOUR top priorities or you’re not.

And you can’t always go by what’s on your calendar, either.

The meetings and other events you have penciled in may not actually represent YOUR top priorities.

They may just represent YOUR “stuff.”

I sure wish I could be more helpful in sorting this all out for you.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a great vantage point from my perch here in “wedding central.”

With 13 days and counting to the “nuptials” of my youngest daughter, MY personal top priorities will not matter to anyone in my household until sometime after day 14.

Macie, our dog, is the only one who’ll even pretend to listen to me – and we have to be out for a walk at that!

But at least I wasn’t wrong when I pointed out last week that our willpower is finite.

This was a new insight to me.

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 8.41.56 PMAnd while clearly very few people can report achieving work-life balance, it seems the most happy and content among us are successfully regulating their individual willpower reservoirs instead.

That’s the secret to their positive momentum.

They rarely allow their limited willpower level to go down to zero.

And they do this by daily identifying and balancing all of their ENERGY DRAINING activities with all of their ENERGY GAINING activities.

By keeping these two in proper balance, they typically have the gumption necessary to make progress on their top priorities, whatever they may be.

They make the whole work-life balance thing irrelevant.

Once again, as valuable as this Energy Draining vs. Energy Gaining concept is, I can’t speak from experience about it.

At least not for another 2 weeks or so, if you know what I mean.

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