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Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From the authors of the #1 New York Times best seller Designing Your Life ("Life has questions. They have answers" --The NYT)--a job-changing, outlook-changing, life-changing book that shows us how to transform our work lives and create a dream job that is meaningful without necessarily changing the job we have.

Dysfunctional Belief: I'm stuck in a lousy situation (and
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Given my feelings about the first book, it seems unlikely that I would choose to read this one, and yet here we are, and I really can't say that this one was much better than the first, although to be fair, my perspective has changed a lot since reading the first one.

I have to say it. This one is just as bougie as the first. The authors underestimate how many people struggle with basic survival (even employed people) and don't seem to understand privilege in the least. The book has a socially
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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I got this out of the library because I found Burnett and Evans's earlier book helpful in imagining how I might like my life to look as I moved toward retirement. Because I am pretty happy at how things are working for me, this book is not essential for me. But if I was younger, and particularly if I was thinking about changing jobs, the exercises and strategies contained here would be very helpful. I like the ideas of reframing and curiosity around being bored or feeling out of place: What did ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a follow-up to their first book, I found this book to be more more "practical" and career oriented. As a career coach, it was filled with psychology and techniques that I've used over the years with great success. I'm glad to have the resource to hopefully better articulate some ideas for actions my clients can take.
I don't think I learned anything new here. I have read the full books of some of the psychologists quoted and employed many of these concepts. But I think for the average
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I'm the best reader for this book. Topics like money v. meaning, mind-set, and power and politics--roughly the first half of the book--were more useful to me than topics like quitting, moving on, and being one's own boss.

Like Bill and Dave's previous book, Designing Your Life, Designing Your Work Life is great and full of helpful ideas and activities. I found dysfunctional beliefs and corresponding reframes most helpful and again I've been given new ways of thinking about relevant
Kirstin Swartz
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because of the title and the subject had epitomes of what I enjoyed most about Sarah Knights Get Your Sh*t Together. Designing Your Work Life is all about re-framing your way of thinking and focusing on what you can do to make your life even just a little bit better; how to make it good enough, for now. This is a great book for younger full time workers who are struggling with their current work lives and need expert advice and guides on how to stay positive and motivated at ...more
Anandh Sundar
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book basis the extract on gracefully quitting your job: the chapter on a good handover itself is worth the whole book. other points like Maker mix, delegating, networking etc is good but also the overall approach to be content but not complacent. Good enough for now leaves open the possibility of growth and change but doesnt make changing for changes sake a goal. And it doesnt make getting more a priority. It is a powerful reframe and a point of view that puts you in ...more
Stevo Brock
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 3/8, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. How to visualize and build a work-life that is productive, engaged, meaningful, and more fun.

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Juliana Han
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone who has a job and is not thrilled with it should have this book. I wish I did before I quit any number of jobs, always looking for something better but not sure how to find it. This gives hope until you quit, a blueprint for improving your situation where you are, and advice on how to move on if you decide to. If nothing else, it's validating of the burnout and disengagement that a lot of us feel at work. Luckily, it gives actionable tasks to get beyond that, not just wish it away.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed their first book which was a general guide to a better life. This was more specific. The only reason I didn't like it as much because it wasn't relevant to me at this time. I can see how helpful this would be to others. In fact, I already know some people I should recommend this to.
Savannah Peterson
The best toolkit out there for people looking to find purpose at work.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for people wanting a mid-career reboot or for college graduates trying to find the right job
Dago Campo
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really helped me refocused in that things that have to change at work.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't normally read this type of book, nor am I looking to change jobs, but it was still interesting and I learned a few good tips.
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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