In today's always-on business world, it's difficult to balance work with the rest of your life. Relationships, health and hobbies are often overshadowed by long hours and endless stress.
But separating your work life from your personal life is crucial if you want to be both successful and content. It's important to prioritize what you find most important, and to invest your loyalty there. To help, we identified the best work-life balance books to inspire you to put yourself first.
1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New RichCredit: Amazon
For many workers, it'd be a dream to work four hours a week and make a sustainable salary. And according to "The 4-Hour Workweek" (Crown Publishers, 2009), the idea isn't unattainable. Timothy Ferriss, author and entrepreneur, revealed how he went from earning $40,000 a year at 80 hours a week, to $40,000 a month at four hours a week. He touches on concepts such as "mini-retirements" and living like a millionaire without being one. This is a must-read for any overworked, under-satisfied individual.
2. Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional SatisfactionCredit: Amazon
Matthew Kelly, author of "Off Balance" (Penguin Random House, 2011), believes that instead of work-life balance, workers should be focusing on personal satisfaction. He draws from experience to identify three toxic philosophies that are hurting our work culture today, and outlines a system that helps workers better prioritize what's important to them.
3. Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, & MoneyCredit: Amazon
Authors A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca Merrill offer practical tips and information on how to balance all areas of life, from money to family. "Life Matters" (McGraw Hill, 2004) is full of personal insight and wisdom to find the right balance that works best for you.
4. Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and LifeCredit: Amazon
John C. Bogle, founder of Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, learned through firsthand experience that financial success can be both addicting and destructive. In "Enough," (John Wiley & Sons, 2010) he discusses the danger of prioritizing work over all else, sharing his own insight on what "enough" really means – or should mean – to business professionals.