Leaders everywhere are stressed and overworked. We talk about work/life balance, but nobody is balanced and the concept just makes us feel worse. Gail Golden, a psychologist and executive coach, has the answer: “curate your life.” To get ahead, use her system to sort your activities and focus energy on what is most meaningful and joyful to you.
Golden, principal consultant for a management psychology consulting firm, seeks to help readers strike a better work-life balance in her motivating debut. Using dozens of her clients' stories as examples, Golden emphasizes that "nobody can do it all" and that choosing where to funnel one's energy is crucial to success. She encourages readers to "curate" the most important parts of their lives by spending less time and energy on things they don't enjoy or excel at. However, readers are also reminded that "no curation is going to last forever, any more than a museum exhibit should stay the same for all eternity." Shifting goals and reprioritizing, she writes, are necessary for continued happiness. In engaging prose, she shares techniques for self-reflection, bulleted lists for setting priorities, and expanded ruminations at the end of chapters. While Golden's book is aimed at those who feel overworked, readers of all ages and circumstances will learn from Golden's purposeful approach to life. This delightful fusion of psychology, business, and self-help will be a boost to anyone feeling overwhelmed.