Life Matters

Topics: Time management, Time, Paisley Park Records Pages: 20 (5905 words) Published: January 31, 2012
Concentrated Knowledge™ for the Busy Executive •

Vol. 26, No. 1 (3 parts) Part 1, January 2004 • Order # 26-01



Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time and Money

Everybody is concerned about work/life balance, but few understand that time and money are as important to life balance as work and family. Each area matters, and focusing on one without considering the others is ultimately unfulfilling because they are so closely interrelated. Even the term “balance” implies a one-time effort instead of an ongoing journey. In reality, a lack of balance is a misalignment of the principles that are important to you, and how you act with regard to them. It is possible that your expectations about work, family, time and money are unrealistic, and therefore you don’t see them properly. With unrealistic expectations, you do not act effectively, and you won’t get what you want. By examining your own experience, and seeking wisdom and inspiration, you can develop your navigational intelligence to optimize your life choices and stop wasting energy, money and time on issues and behaviors that are not important or that do not invest in the future. To truly make every aspect of your life matter, you must focus on those principles that are important and make decisions to live accordingly. By A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill

What Matters in Life
Page 2

Aligning Expectations
Page 2

The Three Gotta Do's
Pages 2, 3

What You’ll Learn In This Summary
✓ How to discover and value principles which allow you to lead a life that matters to you. ✓ How to examine your expectations about work, family, time and money, and why you see them the way you do. ✓ How to optimize your efforts to achieve maximum results. ✓ How to develop and use navigational intelligence to make decisions that align with your values and allow you to create balance in an ongoing fashion. ✓ How to use the Time/Money Management Matrix to determine where and when you are wasting resources and shift the focus to importance and investing rather than urgency and consumption. ✓ How to implement this new synergy of balance by building the character to make the decisions that matter. Published by Soundview Executive Book Summaries, P.O. Box 1053, Concordville, Pennsylvania 19331 USA ©2004 Soundview Executive Book Summaries • All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited.

Work Matters
Pages 3, 4

Family Matters
Pages 4, 5

Time Matters
Pages 5, 6, 7

Money Matters
Pages 7, 8

Wisdom Matters
Page 8

by A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill


What Matters in Life
For decades people have struggled to find a balance between what were traditionally considered enemies: work and life. Though people are getting better at meshing the two, there is still a gap between what many say matters and how they spend their time and money. Look at your Palm Pilot or credit card statement. See if the way you are spending your time and money reflects the things that matter most to you. It still seems as though people have to choose, even though work, family, money and time are not isolated arenas. They are highly interrelated. The real issue is having the wisdom to be constantly balancing all areas no matter what the circumstances. ■ For Additional Information and a questionnaire to help assess which areas need attention in your life, go to:

Aligning Expectations
Suppose you have validated the expectation that having financial security is important to you. It is “real” because it is based on the principles of selfreliance and sustaining a happy, peaceful life. You also know that “realistically” you are a long way from that goal with your expensive house, two cars, a boat, credit card debt, and a home equity loan, on all of which you are making the minimum monthly...
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