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Off Balance: Getting beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

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The prescriptive follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dream Manager

One of the major issues in our lives today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; no one has it. But Matthew Kelly believes that work-life balance was a mistake from the start--because we don't really want balance; we want satisfaction. Kelly lays out the system he uses with his clients, his te
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Published September 15th 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 2011)
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Off Balance, by Matthew Kelly, goes beyond time management and work-life balance to discuss overall satisfaction with life and how to increase it. He begins by asking the reader what he/she likes and doesn’t like about his/her life. He then critiques the individualism, the hedonism, and the minimalism that characterizes American culture today. He offers the alternative of becoming the “best-version-of-yourself” that you can be as the most effective strategy to achieve satisfaction.

He defines sat
Clare Cannon
This was a surprisingly helpful book which was great to read through, but it could be even more useful as an aid to a group workshop, perhaps for young professionals starting out, or a professional development session for colleagues.

Its premise is to help us to learn how to become the best version of ourselves that we can be. Instead of focusing on a balance between everything, it focuses on helping you find satisfaction at the deepest level through identifying and accomplishing what is most imp
Kevin Orpana
If you have struggled with applying work-life balance to your life, I'd highly recommend this book. Has several helpful tips and exercises as well as a good central thesis of switching focus from managing time to managing your energy; seeking a satisfying life instead of a balanced one; and not feeling guilty of unsuccessfully being "balanced" between life and work due to an unrealistic expectation established by a faulty interpreted concept. Really worth it and I'll revisit it again for pointer ...more
This is one the best self-improvement books I have read in recent years.

Most of the self-improvement books are set in the context of how to improve our style/communication/interaction/self in a professional setting. This books nixes that idea.

The author lays the responsibility for satisfaction totally on the reader. He embarks on a journey explaining how work-life balance is a bad goal and instead we should focus on Personal and Professional Satisfaction (PPS) as our objective. The examples ar
Jon Campo
What will drive even higher levels of human performance in the 21st century? The answer is: energy management.
I thought the overall idea of making sure to integrate your work and personal life and having a "strategy" for managing your personal endeavors was a good one. However, at times, the book seemed rather "gimmicky." It was like an infomercial about following this simple steps to achieve happiness. The ideas he outlined in themselves are good, but it seemed that everything was packaged into easy steps, or strategies. But there were so many strategies, it was hard to keep them straight. I also think ...more
Mohammad Jalili
you feel bigger and more powerful after reading this
Off Balance is based on the premise that the often discussed subject of work-life balance is a misconception and that work and life are intertwined to a degree that makes them impossible to separate. Someone unhappy in their job is likely to be unhappy in their personal life and vice versa. Instead, author Matthew Kelly focuses on a principle he feels is more applicable to a well lived life: satisfaction, which includes the desire to be “the-best-version-of-myself” personally and professionally. ...more
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I have become a much bigger proponent of work-life balance in the last year than I could have imagined. So much so that I quit my dream job, took a forty percent pay cut, and moved across the country to have a better chance of adding some “life” to my own work-life balance. So I really wanted to love this book, but I think at best I can only say that I liked it all right. (Which, really, is not the worst comment someone can make about a book.)

And the kind of sad reason is that there’s really goo
Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction by Mathew Kelly

“Off Balance" is a very helpful and practical book on how to help the reader design and build a more satisfying life in both the personal and professional arenas. Best-selling author and consultant, Mathew Kelly, promises a more satisfying life through a personalized system that readers can apply to their lives. This useful 160-page book includes the following five chapters: 1. The Bes
Chris Ross
I listened to the audio book and it is outstanding! It is short and to the point. Matthew Kelly challenges the work-life balance myth with satisfaction and whether or not you are satisfied with certain aspects of your life.
Essentially the book is about priorities, choices (the choices we make), and energy expended on certain things. This is a great book that every employee of corporate America should read or listen to and then read again.
I read this book in two sittings it is straight to the point.

1.) Have your priorities and don't waiver on them in life.
2.) Satisfaction is the goal of life not happiness. Satisfaction last longer and happiness is a fleeting moment.
3.) Work influences life and life influences work. It is absurd to think we can keep them separate these days. We are no longer factory workers.
4.)A satisfied and healthy person is good employee.
recommended by a colleague: quick/short read (a bit repetitive and borderline preachy, though) with the basic premise that satisfaction is what we really all seek ("no one ever says they want more work" in the work/life balance concept). nothing earth-shattering but a helpful reminder w/ some frameworks to prioritize our lives well.
Mohamad Fakih
The book contains lots of great ideas. One of the first ideas is that people want life satisfaction, not life balance. Life satisfaction can comes from "imbalanced" focus on an area in one's life, e.g. work, at certain times, and at other areas at another times.
Emerson John Tiu Ng
This book defy the myth of work life balance.... to some extent I agree that life-work balance depends entirely with our decisions... priorities...etc... A nice self help book...
Julie Cordova
I was so inspired by this book that I decided to read it after listening to it on audio. I will add to this review once I have obtained the book. I should have it before the end of the week. Kudos to Matthew Kelly for clarifying something so simple: the difference between a balanced life and a satisfactory life. This simple perspective is so inspiring and well...satisfying.
When I first starting listening to this book, it annoyed me because there was an awful lot of word repetition. Sometimes book to audio adaptation is choppy and annoying. But by the end of the book, I was in love with the message and advice. So much so that I restarted the book and listened to it all over again. There is some great advice in here about the work/life balance façade. Mostly that work/life balance is impossible, and that instead the focus should be on personal and professional satis ...more
Silver Kuklase
I have read many self help books. This one was decent as well. Listened it when I was jogging and doing housework.

Gave me some more tips to plan my life more and also revised information I have read in other books, but have not been successful implanting it to my life.

Decent. :)
Great self help book and would recommend it to anyone who feels they need to get their life in order. Could reread in a few years for inspiration.
Jason Heinritz
There is no such thing as work/life balance
Staci Williams
This book had a good message - we shouldn't be trying to find balance, we should be looking for personal and professional satisfaction. You can't have it all, and the idea of "work-life balance" implies that you can. It's no wonder everyone is perpetually seeking "balance" and never finding it. I think I will put some of these principles into practice and seek satisfaction instead.
It was OK. Not a big fan of the narrator on the audio book, though.
This book will require closer reading but from my first time through it appears that Mr. Kelley presents a solid system that will help us to realize that there should not be a fight between our work life and our personal life but they are both a part of what makes up our total being.

Some of his anecdotes are quite dated and if you haven't heard them before then you haven't been listening. But get beyond those and there are some nuggets to be found.
Matthew Kelly has a way of stating something very simply that makes you think about life differently --- and you later realize that what he has said is actually quite insightful and profound. I would rate some of his other books a 5, but I would say this one was a 3.5-4 because it is not as good as some of his others. However, I enjoyed it and would recommend it. I particularly liked his concept of energy management as the next time management.
Jennifer Conti
For some time now I have been of the opinion that work-life balance is unattainable. I often hear people talk about how their company isn't helping them attain their desired balance yet the one thing they can point to is working fewer hours. Kelly clearly articulates the unattainable nature of work-life balance but offers an even better perspective with some practical solutions. I will be using the concepts actively with my work group.
Started off strong, but ended up being another in a pile of generic self-help books that I have taken time to read. Oh, well.
Laurie Carroll
Matthew Kelly does it again! His words of wisdom are like having a personal life coach I get to tote around in my Kindle. He's not just telling me what I should do, but putting practical strategies in my hands to help me create the best-version-of-myself using my own personal strengths and value system.
Mollie Marti
Author does great job refocusing reader's attention from the faulty premise of "work-life balance" to that of fulfillment in work and life.

Includes a some helpful exercises with links to website for additional resources and assessments.
Robert Chapman
One of the best books I have read in many months - get it and read it. I highly recommend this book. Work/life balance is a myth, the very term should cease to exist.
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Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, where he began speaking and writing in 1993. Since that time he has travelled in more than fifty countries and spoken to over four million people. He has written twelve books which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists and have been published in twenty-five languages. His titles include: The Rhythm of L ...more
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