PROJECT management guru and teacher Fergus O’Connell is prompted to write this book after seeing a young couple deposit their two infants in a crèche in the wee morning hours, before leaving for their respective jobs apparently. He is made to think, ‘Were the parents happy leaving their young ones like this? Was this what they really wanted to do with their lives? What would the infants remember of their childhood? What would the parents remember of their children’s childhood? He wonders if it was not possible to spend less time on work and still do a good job, if not better.
He finds that we can go to work daily and not feel oppressed by the weight of things yet to be done. We can find more time in life for things that really matter and this is the essence of this book
If you are not happy with the way your life is at the moment, if you want to make a major change in the amount of time you spend at work, readjust your work/life balance or reshape your entire life. This book provides some of the tools to do that and significantly reduce the amount of stress you have in your life. The tools are simple ideas but you need to modify your behaviour; you have to change your habits and probably nothing is as hard as this. If you have the will power to change, you can change things a little or a lot.
This book will help you move from a situation where you feel hassled, stressed and out of control at work to one where you feel satisfied with a good, solid week, having met all your targets and ready to go home to your life with the confidence of a job well done.
The author shows through case studies that people who wanted happiness with their work life adopted some of the methods cited in the book and improved their performance.
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