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Balance – A to Z of Self Leadership

Last month, Patrick Pichette, the CFO of Google, sent in his resignation. Having worked for 7 years with Google, he said he was resigning to spend more time with his family. You can read his note on Google + in which he explains how he came to this decision. While on holiday, his wife asked him when it was going to be what she called ‘be time’, ‘me time’ and ‘our time’.  Pichette says in his note,  “In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community.”

An important aspect of self-leadership is finding that balance between working, relationships, interests and making sure that you are healthy too. It’s easy to get so caught up in work, when work is our passion and work is fun. But we’ve got to learn how to create space and time for everything else.

“Life without balance can cost you your relationships. Life without balance can cost you your health. Life without balance can cost you your spirituality. Life without balance can cost you your wealth and your happiness. So find things to motivate you from all areas of life. Your success depends on it.”
—Jim Rohn


Action Steps:
Write down the words ‘work’ ‘relationships’ ‘health’ ‘interests’ on a piece of paper.  Then write down three things in each are you need more of and three things you need less of. Try to eliminate the unessential. This is an ongoing exercise that calls for awareness and honesty. You have to keep checking to see how it works, until you find balance. At some points, one area may need more focus than another.

Find balance!

Today I’m on ‘B ‘ of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My theme is the A to Z of Self Leadership. I’m also undertaking the NaBloPoMo for April – the theme is ‘grow’ and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


  1. Fab Fab April 12, 2015

    I agree!! Sometimes the easiest way to achieve balance is by eliminating the unwanted and identifying our priorities.

  2. Janine Janine April 10, 2015

    Coming from someone who has had more than her fair share of burnouts, this post really resonates with me. As i sit here with fatigue washing over me again, I am searching for the means to live a more peaceful life that is conducive with my mind and body and which allows D and I to live a life where we can simply ‘be’ more.

  3. Sarah Sarah April 9, 2015

    Am in the middle of prioritising, cleansing and changing a lot Corinne. It feels sooooooo good! Great to write about this and keep it fresh in our minds. It’s SO important.

  4. Bhavya Bhavya April 3, 2015

    I like the idea of be time, me time and our time. Those three phrases convey a lot. Thanks for sharing the original G+ post too.

  5. nan nan April 3, 2015

    Another pertinent, excellent post – reminding us of what truly is most important in our lives! Really good!!

  6. Lanise Brown Lanise Brown April 3, 2015

    We all need work, love, and time to enjoy ourselves. And finding that balance can be a challenge but it’s worth trying. 🙂

  7. Paula Paula April 3, 2015

    Great post, and timing is perfect. It’s always hard (for me) to find that balance. Always striving for it, but I guess that can be a good thing too.

  8. Robyn Robyn April 3, 2015

    Corinne, you always say exactly what I need to hear. Thank you for writing about balance…of which I’m struggling to obtain in my life right now. Am hopeful though. xx

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  10. Tarkabarka Tarkabarka April 3, 2015

    Life is so much easier when your work is also your interest… 🙂 Great post!

  11. Annie Annie April 3, 2015

    Hi Corinne! I loved the exercise. I just did it, couldn’t have taken more than 5 to 10 minutes. I found it interesting that in my “more” lists the words were actionable items, such as writing, sleeping, and reading, while the “less” lists contained negative emotions and energy that can take away from my sense of inner peace and balance, such as anxiety, rushing, and nervous energy. I can see how this would be a great exercise to do periodically over time. I have a list of 5 major life areas that I use to focus my goals and affirmations. I plan on doing this with those areas and making it a part of my routine of reviewing goals and affirmations. Thank you!

  12. April Sherlock April Sherlock April 3, 2015

    I love this! I am working at finding more balance in my life. But sometimes it’s so hard!

  13. Shantala Shantala April 3, 2015

    I agree, Corinne. Balance is key. I loved the quote > “In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community.” Especially love your action steps at the end. I certainly need some balance right now. I am going to act on those steps. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Ina Tales Ina Tales April 2, 2015

    So much to and so less a time 🙂 But will we do if we have no time time stand and stare.. sorry for blotching up a beautiful poem but this is the first thought that came to mind after I read this post. Balancing is so important and to reach the perfect balance in life is so diff. Great post Corinne 🙂

  15. Mary Purpari Mary Purpari April 2, 2015

    I\’d love to have some balance in my life, but living alone can be an asset as well as a problem. My time is my own and I can do what I\’d like, but at the same time, I am now the only one available to pay all expenses, so what I do with my time is also determined by that factor. In essence, though, balancing my life is simply setting my present priorities down and juggling them around to let the real priorities rise to the top.

  16. Debbie D. Debbie D. April 2, 2015

    Oh yes, balance is so important in life! I used to be a corporate workaholic and got burnt out in the process. Life is much better now that I’m actually enjoying it (well, most of the time). 😀 As the old saying goes: Nobody, on their deathbed, ever regretted not spending more time at work. Cheers!

  17. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson April 2, 2015

    Thank you for your post on balance. I’ve been taking a time out from social media, blogging and some other commitments in an effort to achieve just that. Balance in health, writing, service and love. It’s not quite time for me to jump back into things, but I’m getting there. (I didn’t slow down on loving because I am blessed to be greatly loved.)

  18. Amy Bovaird Amy Bovaird April 2, 2015

    This is true, and I struggle for it all the time!
    My mother is 85 and she needs my time too!
    Love the poster and action steps!

  19. Michelle Stanley Michelle Stanley April 2, 2015

    I agree with the comments made. I have learned to balance my time so that my family a getnd me more personal attention. It can’t all be about work. This is a reflective post and theme, Connie. I will return to read more.

  20. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara April 2, 2015

    Balance is not part of our culture here in Silicon Valley, so Pichette is acting out of the norm for the business world here. At the same time, he has built enough wealth that he can retire, when most people are forced to continue in this imbalanced world. Still, the concept of balance needs to be applied, i agree!

  21. Sheethal Sheethal April 2, 2015

    When I started working for the first time, I used to give whole of myself to work. And when weekend comes I was all drained out. But as time went, I learned to maintain that balance. But now and then I get back to that zombie work mode. But learning gradually.

  22. sulekha sulekha April 2, 2015

    Finding that balance between work and play is very important. We all are searching for the same but not all can find it in time. Loving your thoughts this AtoZ challenge.

  23. Toni Nelson Toni Nelson April 2, 2015

    Work life balance is such an important topic. I was recently a guest speaker at a women’s group where I discussed 6 key areas. You can gain access to the presentation by visiting my site. You will see the pop up for it:)

  24. Parul Parul April 2, 2015

    Totally agree – Balance brings sense. Balance makes you realize what to prioritize and how. Great post Corinne and these lessons are so helpful. Thank you for sharing with us.

  25. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 2, 2015

    You are so right! Work life balance is so important but we are so busy making a living that we forget to live! It is tough to find that balance but certainly it is not impossible!

  26. Suzy Suzy April 2, 2015

    All things in life must balance is something I tell myself and others often. It’s okay to go off balance sometimes but the trick is to be aware that you have gone off balance and then do something to bring it back on even keel. I’m Libra and I know that when my scales are unbalanced, I just don’t feel good.

  27. Tasha Tasha April 2, 2015

    You are so right that balance is very, very important. I feel blessed that my job feels like my favourite hobby most of the time, but I know for a fact my husband works too hard.
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  28. G Angela G Angela April 2, 2015

    Balance is Just the right word for me corinne, as you rightly pointed out, its an ongoing process – at different times in life, I found myself losing balance, and after years I am still learning to keep the balance…….. great post !

  29. Aathira Aathira April 2, 2015

    I have learnt this lesson the hard way. Without a balance, you can find yourself deteriorating day by day. This affects the people we love too. Great post, Corinne! I’m loving these inspirational posts.

  30. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 2, 2015

    Balance is one of my favorite words, Corinne. Without it, life is a mess. I read Patrick’s note – and also saw it in my news feed and wondered what it must have felt like to let go at the top. I know how I felt when I resigned my job after I got married – it was a decision I took very consciously and never regretted it. My folks would tease me about “Those glory days” and I was able to laugh with them. But it takes so much strength to reach that decision. When we believe that we are in the “right place” at any point of time, everything looks beautiful.

    Just realized that I “B”-ed the heck out of my comment! Love and hugs. So love the graphic!

  31. Shalini Shalini April 2, 2015

    True that! I try to have my me time and family time on my busy days at work. It relaxes you and leave you energized! 🙂 Great post, Corinne!

  32. Swathi Shenoy Swathi Shenoy April 2, 2015

    I do struggle a lot to find balance, especially on the health front. When I give too much importance to other works, I forget taking out ‘Me Time’. Got to practice the exercise and see if it works! Thanks for the tip Corinne 🙂

  33. Vidya Subramanian Vidya Subramanian April 2, 2015

    Thank you for underlining the importance of balance in this post. I do struggle at times to find the right balance. I did the exercise 🙂 Need to work on some areas.

  34. Eloquent Mind Eloquent Mind April 2, 2015

    I can’t agree more, Corinne. The balance required between work and family is an essential one. We need to constantly work towards keeping this balance at perfect angles for complete harmony.

  35. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan April 2, 2015

    I like the action steps, and appreciate the reminder that it’s an ongoing process. Thank you for another thoughtful post.

  36. anks anks April 2, 2015

    The best of us struggle to find balance. I am always in that struggle… prioritising one over the other. Some days my family wins, some days my work… on others, my blog wins 🙂

    Loved this post 🙂

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