10 Tactics to Better Work-Life Balance (Part 1, FS059)

You beat yourself up when you don’t get enough done in the day. You get frustrated and moody and it clouds your vision, keeps you from doing your best work.

I know because I do the same thing… and, for some reason, we’re ALL so naturally bad at work-life balance.

In this episode we dig into a handful of really great (and surprising) ideas about balancing work and life.

Along the way we define 10 specific tactics to actually do this well — to make a bigger dent in your todo list without burning out or building poorly.

We went good and long on this conversation, so we split it into two parts. Enjoy!


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For some reason we’re ALL so bad at this by nature… 10 tactics to a better work-life balance.
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Show Notes

Millions. Then What? The Lifestyle Business Debate – FZS006 “There’s a huge debate in the business world about ”lifestyle“ businesses. Is there something deep and true here?”

Romance & Revenue: Big Relationship Tips for Entrepreneurs (FS055) “You’re not building your business to end up alone and regretful, like some Scrooge in a silent house somewhere.”

I Lost My Motivation, Now What? (FS056) “If you’re struggling to find motivation, listen to this episode—rich tips to get you out of the muddy waters and back into clarity, focus and direction.”

Alan Watts (AlanWattsDaily) on Twitter “Sensible people get paid for doing what they enjoy doing.”

The “mind blown” gif Corbett mentions:

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50 Cent Is My Life Coach “Zach Baron spent a month as the hip-hop mogul’s prized pupil, making vision boards, hitting the gym, and reorienting his consciousness, to see if he could get a little bit more like 50”

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequists “The perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.”

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen “Breakthrough methods for stress-free performance.”


“Sensible people get paid for doing what they enjoy doing.” ~ Alan Watts
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  • http://www.evolveyourweddingbusiness.com/ Heidi Thompson

    This is the first work-life balance conversation that has ever made sense to me and it’s because you framed it as present-future balance. I really need to work on mindfulness.

    • Chase Reeves

      Thant’s so awesome, Heidi! Glad to hear it. Just wait till we finalize the post where we list out all of the ideas and explain them… I include a couple killer videos.

      • http://www.evolveyourweddingbusiness.com/ Heidi Thompson

        I can’t wait :)

  • http://seointhemaking.com/ Rienzi

    Tactics, I like that!

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Great episode guys. I had a pretty good work/life balance until three months ago when we moved from Milwaukee to Maui. I have to fight the urge to constantly go to the beach (half a mile from our house). As I’m writing this I can see the ocean. At first I lost the balance but now I do things like write on the beach and set goals before I can go play. I was laughing when you were talking about summer being here and people want to be outside. It’s always summer here!

    • Chase Reeves

      You win. {picks up his ball, walks home}

      • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

        Was that advice? :) Great episode!

  • Sudheer Yadav

    NICE ARTICLE HELP FOR MY BLOG http://www.guruofmovie.com/

  • http://cleaneatingsimplified.com/ Chrissy Marquardt

    Just wanted to say how much I love the Fizzle show and I hope to join the Fizzle community soon. This episode and Part 2 is something I desperately needed to hear. This past month has been totally crazy because I took on way too much client work and basically neglected my husband and kids. The type-A workaholic kicked waay into overdrive, and next thing you know I realized I hadn’t cooked them a meal in over 3 weeks. It was 7 0 clock and we ended up having to go out to eat, just like Caleb said. I mean, that’s not what I want. I love cooking – it’s nourishing to my soul. I left the corporate world so I could be at home with my sons and start a lifestyle business. I want to have time to work on my personal blog as an outlet in addition to my business, and I have not been able to because I haven’t set any boundaries. Or rather, I said no to everything else and said “yes” to too much work. Thank you guys for keeping it real, and for reminding me of my reason WHY, and that sometimes it’s healthy and NECESSARY( sorry for the caps – I can’t italicize LOL) to step away from work and just be. I love the idea of the invisible boundary, that’s a great takeaway for me. After listening to this, I completely unplugged and had a “analog Sunday” where I was barely online, or if I was it was not work-related. It felt so great and helped to reset the clock for Monday morning. You definitely struck a cord with this multi-passionate entrepreneur :-).

    • Chase Reeves

      So glad, Chrissy. I feel the same way.

  • anna

    gentlemen, 18 minutes into your presentation you finally get around to tip number one.. Please consider shaving off so much chit chat because in our busy hectic life in which we need to gain work/life balance, filtering out these moments spent on non-essential gab definitely helps. sorry

    • chasereeves

      I hear you, Anna. Though, some would say the good stuff is in the journey, not the destination. Others would say time heals all wounds. Still others would say a little “how’s your father” never killed anyone. Not all who wander are lost. Not all that glitters is gold. Some food for thought…

      This started out as a joke and now I don’t know where I am. This probably isn’t the podcast for you if you just want the answers. We get into topics and search around honestly. There is no script, no presentation. And in that environment rich stuff happens.

      You’ll find all the answers in every other podcast. You’ll find the Truth™ here. (That, also, is a joke.)

      That said, we’ll do our best. We’re still learning.

    • Bree Brouwer

      Just wanted to say, Anna, that while I know you and some others don’t like the chit-chat, I love the non-essential gabbing. I think it’s what makes Fizzle different from your average, get-straight-to-the-point online business and entreprenuership podcast. Those are a dime a dozen.

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