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Keep Your Big Picture in Mind

No matter how much we love our jobs and how necessary they are for making a living, do you ever step back and evaluate how much living you're actually doing? Mike Nelson, author of Clutter-Proof Your Business: Turn Your Mess into Success mathematically determined the percentage of time people spend on various tasks. Comparing the results and measuring them proportionately suggests what we already know: Many of us spend much more time worrying about the little things than enjoying time with our family and contemplating life's bigger decisions.

You could argue that it's necessary to spend 2.5 percent of our time dealing with a single office memo in order to have the means for retirement savings and getting more time to enjoy life later, but there is something to be said for striking a balance. While his numbers are a little confusing and what his formula was built upon isn't clear, the general message is one that makes sense. Work hard, but remind yourself of the big picture when you're over-thinking the small stuff.


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oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 9 years
I totally agree with Lovely_1.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I work to live. Not live to work :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I know a lot of people who need to read this. My sister and law needs this right now. She spends all of her time working and worrying about working and her life. She's only 21 and she thinks she needs to have everything figured out and that she's going to be working in the same place for the rest of her life.
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