For many American
employees, working and having a life are the impossible
According to author Gloria Dunn, time is the
culprit that keeps frustrated workers
their current job conditions. Dunn tells workers how to find
they need to “reinvent” their work
lives—create a better work/life balance.
Ask your boss or human resources
department for a six-month or even a yearlong
Negotiate a shortened work
schedule—either to work allotted hours in
fewer days or to work fewer hours and days.
Telecommute part of the week, and commit
yourself to use the time otherwise spent
traveling to reinvent your work life.
Accumulate all your vacation, sick time
and holidays, and take the days all at one
time or add a portion of the time to a
Remove unnecessary meetings from your
Learn how to eliminate obstacles that
Create shortcuts by learning what work
you needn’t do.
Eliminate stress that drains you of
energy and time.
Learn to speed read and then read only
absolutely necessary material. Get rid of the
Reduce errors that double your work
From Making a Living to Having a Life: A Book for the
Working Challenged by Gloria Dunn. Published by
Violin Publishing Co., Fairfax, California, 1999.