Most leaders, even highly successful ones, don't really know what they're hoping to get out of life, writes Tony Jeary. It's important to keep asking yourself that question, not so much because you'll find a definitive answer, but because you'll learn to recognize when apparent opportunities don't align with your life-goals. "You'll be armed with the most powerful tool of all: the ability to say no," Jeary explains.
Professionals in the U.S. spend on average more than a quarter of their time reading and responding to e-mail, according to a study from McKinsey Global Institute. Since it takes 67 seconds to recover from each e-mail received, that means people spend nearly an hour and a half trying to clear their heads from e-mail messages, says Dmitri Leonov, a co-founder of SaneBox. "At some point we have to understand this process is hurting us," he says.
The most stress-free state is Hawaii, followed by Louisiana and Mississippi, a Gallup survey finds. The most stressed residents are in West Virginia, followed by those in Rhode Island and Kentucky, the survey finds.
Using a notebook to record all your work notes, appointments and contact information is a better way to organize yourself than any technology, says Mike Domanski, who uses a 200-page black notebook. "Use your black book to record your 'victories' or to list your dreams. Use them to record your results. Jot down inspirational quotes. Cut out pictures of what you'd like to buy or places you'd like to visit or scenes that inspire you. Tape them inside," he says.
Maintaining a romantic relationship can be difficult while launching your business, but it is possible, some experts say. Make sure your partner knows how much time your business will take, but also commit to making time each day to listen to him or her. Also, go on dates at least once a month and take short vacations during the year, suggest Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor, a husband-and-wife team who wrote a book on the topic.