“Too busy for that morning jog? Too rushed for a homemade meal?
I thought so, too--until I suffered a heart attack at age 43.”
Another entrepreneur, venture capitalist Brad Feld, describes how he examined his own work life and decided to make a radical change that “completely transformed how I get things done.” What was the change? He completely stopped traveling for business.
While Feld’s Inc.com article is ostensibly about the productivity benefits of cutting out business travel, in a Harvard Business Review interview Feld goes deeper into the story of the detrimental impact travel was having on his physical and emotional health, and how much he truly missed his wife Amy when they were apart.
By the time they were together on weekends, Feld says his wife Amy would feel like she was getting "the dregs," because of the toll the travel had taken on him during the week. See Why One Executive Quit Business Travel Cold Turkey.
Giving up travel helped Brad Feld enjoy his work more, perform at his best and still have quality time to invest in his relationships. But what if you don’t have the same control over your circumstances?
In a Fast Company article, author Laura Vanderkam offers six ways that any employee can fall in love with their job all over again.
The suggestions include: Find yourself time to think, think about what you don't want to do, ask for what you want, take time to do the work you love, spruce up your work environment, and be proactive about having a positive attitude. See 6 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Job All Over Again.
How do you invest in your health, happiness, and quality of life? How is your work affected by these things?