live to work

Do You Work to Live or Live to Work?

Jen Roberts Balance, Leadership, Stress

Do you ever feel like your schedule is so busy that you don’t have time to focus on the things that are most important to you? One of the things I most appreciate as an entrepreneur is the opportunity to set my own schedule, do work that I love with leaders who inspire me, and to have the flexibility to spend quality time with my family. I haven’t always felt like I had this much power to choose my approach to work and life. For years in my former corporate life I often worked long stressful hours that made me feel out of alignment with my core values. I was living to work; not working to live. I knew something had to change, but that’s not an easy task in the frenetic pace of corporate life. As the year winds to a close, offices around the world often fly into …

workaholic culture

Are You Promoting a Workaholic Culture?

Jen Roberts Leadership, Productivity

Do you consider yourself a workaholic? How many hours do you typically work each day? Each week? Be honest with yourself. Don’t exclude the time you spend in conversation during your commute, or reading and answering emails on evenings and weekends, or working while on vacation. When you look at that number how does it make you feel? If you’re like many corporate leaders, your answer might be “exhausted” or “stressed-out” or “overwhelmed.” These descriptors are commonplace and have become the norm, but are they necessary? Some research shows that we’re working harder than ever, and there’s a cost to be paid in the way of productivity and engagement. Did you know that there are Workaholics Anonymous groups popping up everywhere?! On a recent coaching call, my client mentioned that a co-worker proudly told her he worked upwards of 14 hours per day. Some people believe that if they are …