<![CDATA[Enough Is Enough:
“There isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything I need to get done.” Baker, who hears that complaint every week, says that it misses the point. Balance, he argues, is not a math problem: It’s not a matter of shifting a few hours each week from one activity to another. If it were that easy, everyone with a PalmPilot would look as serene as the Dalai Lama. Balance is a design problem — a matter of coming to terms with your values and priorities, of reckoning with the trade-offs that they require. Balance is not about willpower, Baker insists. If you depend only on willpower, you’re likely to cave in whenever you feel pressured, tired, or unhappy. Balance is about discipline: It’s about deciding what’s important and then creating a structure that defines how you spend your time.
All of that may sound self-evident. But when you lead the kind of pedal-to-the-metal schedule that many of his guests lead, you don’t stop to ruminate about time and values. And, if you do stop, you’re likely to see huge gaps between what you say is important and what you actually spend your time doing.
Well, no, it is self-evident. The idea of going to someone to, according to article, “pay a small fortune to plumb their souls, to wrestle with their private pain, to rethink — and perhaps to redesign — their fast-lane, high-stress lives” is simply the sort of excessive perk that shouldn’t be necessary for smart people. Fast Company shouldn’t be endorsing such idiocy.]]>