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You’ve heard it before: at its most basic level, work-life balance relies on making time to relax and unwind. These books will force you to stay still for a bit while you learn the next steps.

 

Thrive
by Arianna Huffington
(also check out The Sleep Revolution)

Arianna Huffington was so exhausted that she fell and broke her cheekbone. Talk about a wake-up call! Thrive is a result of her efforts to re-examine and re-prioritize her life inside and outside of work.

 

 

 

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
By Seth Godin

This one isn’t directly about work-life balance, but this quick read lays out how to tell the difference between a “dip” before a surge of success and a “dip” that is actually a decline. Learning to tell the difference and focusing energy on the former is a sure fire way to help avoid burnout.

 

 

Chained to the Desk
By Bryan Robinson, Ph. D

“Intended for anyone touched by what Robinson calls ‘the best-dressed problem of the twenty-first century,’ Chained to the Desk provides an inside look at workaholism’s impact on those who live and work with work addicts—partners, spouses, children, and colleagues—as well as the appropriate techniques for clinicians who treat them.” – NYU Press

 

 

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert M. Pirsig

This book means something different to everyone who reads it. At its core, his 70s classic explores the importance of living well and will inspire to you to examine your choices.

 

 

 

 

Off Balance
by Matthew Kelly

Kelly is a professional speaker, author and consultant. In Off Balance, he shares the system he uses with his team and his clients to achieve not just balance, but satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life
by Sanjay Jain

With his dynamic duo of MD and MBA, Jain lays out his Integrative Decision Making technique, which pulls from his health and finance expertise.

 

 

 

 

The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life
By Dr. Robert Brooks

“A uniquely wise guide summarizing a vast amount of research into a practical set of strategies to overcome adversity and live a stress-hardy life.” -Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul

 

 

 

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

This book illustrates how to be more energized, focused, and engaged both at work and at home.