10 Tactics to a Better Work-Life Balance (Part 2, FS060)

Last week we started a conversation about productivity, doing great work and who sets the rules for what’s “productive enough?”

This is the second part of that conversation where we dig into some surprising tactics to help us balance work and life better. Enjoy!

(Here’s a link to the previous episode if you haven’t listened yet.)

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Caleb’s Books

Caleb mentions a bunch of books in this episode. Here’s a link to each.

  1. Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety by Charlie Hoehn
  2. Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown & Christopher Vaughan
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  4. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
  5. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by 99U
  6. The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry
  7. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry
  8. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  9. Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath, Ph.D. & James K. Harter
  10. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
  11. Corbett’s: The Long Way: Bernard Moitessier by William Rodarmor
  12. Chase’s: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Show Notes

Zero Base Calendar by Greg Hickman “The most important part of this system is the fact that it’s daily. Commit to doing the following exercise daily ( I do it in the morning).”

Storyline Productivity Schedule “A Free Day Planner That Will Increase Your Productivity.”

Story: Donald Miller on Focus, Finish and living a meaningful story – BTTDL058 A really great interview with the guy who created the Storyline Productivity Schedule… how he made it, what he read, the most important ideas, etc.

Todd Henry Interview: How to unleash your best creative work every day This was a great interview about the ideas in Todd Henry’s latest book, Die Empty.

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  • http://headedabroad.com/ Clay

    Awesome Tips.

  • Darren MacDonald

    Shout out to Halifax, Nova Scotia…thanks guys from the Lobster Mafia!

    Have a great weekend….D

  • http://kajoler.com James

    Nice podcast today Gentlemen,

    I am struggling with my own work / life balance at the moment.. trying to build a business and be a great dad and a decent husband too. I feel I am constantly letting each side down… so when with my family I am thinking about business and vice versa!!

    I love you mentioned “Fitness” today as this is something I know I need to concentrate on…. I am planning to get more sleep, exercise more and generally try and look after myself a bit better!!

    Let’s see how long it lasts!!

    Kind Regards


  • Darren MacDonald

    Shout out to Halifax, Nova Scotia…thanks guys from the Lobster Mafia!

    Have a great weekend….D

    • Chase Reeves

      Not all mobsters are impostors, Darren. Those Canucks’ll steam you dead!

  • Clay

    Awesome Tips!

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Great tips and a great compliment to the first part.

  • Chase Reeves

    all the best, man. So hard to ruthlessly focus, say “no,” and commit to not disappointing the right people.

  • http://videofruit.com Bryan Harris

    Love the Zero Based Calendar shout out. Been running it for a few months now. It’s been the single biggest productivity improvement this year.

    Here is the original writeup on it: http://vidfru.it/R0VoJQ

  • http://www.kingged.com/ Sunday

    This post share interesting details about online marketing and how to improve productivity with it. The 10 tactics to a better work-life balance is a great audio every blogger should listen to. There are lots of productivity takeaway from this.

    I have shared this same comment in kingged.com where this post was shared and “kingged” for internet marketers.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor


  • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

    Honored that you guys loved my conversation with Donald Miller. Thanks!

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  • Rosie Evie

    Thanks for all the great work . I have always admired this site and your work ..

  • barron

    Re: #7 (I believe it was #7), exercise, lifting heavy sh*t, etc. A few years ago, this article changed my whole outlook on working out. I feel like you’d vibe with this @fizzle-1679091c5a880faf6fb5e6087eb1b2dc:disqus if you haven’t already seen it.


    • Chase Reeves

      Oh yea, I remember that one big time. Such an amazing article.

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