Achieving work-life balance isn't as important as maintaining fitness levels critical to your career, Kevin Harrington writes. "Fitness is tied to the bottom line more powerfully than you’d think," he writes.
Curb the increased stress associated with the holidays by creating to-do lists, saying "no" to increased workloads, prioritizing and taking care of your own health, suggests work-life and leadership coach Eileen Chadnick. Look over your to-do list and "[i]dentify the absolute essentials and commit to those first," writes Chadnick.
To move yourself forward in your career, think about what you want to be doing in 10 years and how you can improve the contacts you make at work, Liz Ryan writes. "Make a list of the three things you’d most like to change about your job. What’s the next step in fixing each of your 'To Fix' items?" she writes.
Writer David Foster Wallace wrote about his struggle with work-life balance in his journal and several times discussed the issue in letters and interviews. One of his tools for fighting procrastination was to try to form regular routines, but he noted in an interview with Dave Eggers that those routines became unnecessary when his work was going well.
Not all office policies make sense for remote workers, but some can help with productivity and morale, Georgina Laidlaw writes. For example, trimming paper use and donating time to charity "fit well into a remote work philosophy," she writes.