Work-life balance tips by 5 top CEOs

Not nailing the work-life balance? Here are tips from some of the people changing the world…

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

Jeff doesn’t actually like the term work-life balance, instead, he prefers ‘work-life harmony’ and that you should think of personal and professional pursuits as a ‘circle’ rather than a trade-off between work and life. Bezos – who doesn’t believe in setting an alarm in the morning (lucky for some) – promotes a holistic relationship between work and life outside the office, he makes time for breakfast with his family every morning and still washes his own dishes for relaxation purposes.

Arianna Huffington, Co-founder of The Huffington Post

With a strict bedtime routine that involves turning off all electronic devices and taking them out of the bedroom before she gets into bed, Arianna insists that “putting the phone — putting the distraction — away from the bedroom is critical” for a good work-life balance.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder of Bumble

Whitney (who was also the co-founder of Tinder) comments on work-life balance during an interview with refinery29, commenting: “I try to put the phone down throughout the day – even just for 20 minutes at a time – and get some stuff done and think about something else. I’m trying to read more and spend more mealtimes with no phone. With my husband, I try to leave my phone in the car at least two to three times a week if we go out to dinner, or leave it upstairs in the bedroom while we cook.”

As with many entrepreneurs, keeping the phone away from you at night seems to be the biggest tip, she further comments: ‘I’m trying to sleep with my phone charging on the other side of the room.’

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple

‘‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’’ Full article here.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook

“So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance,” said Sandberg in an interview for the Makers. As a working mum, she said ‘women should choose a spouse who will support their ambitions, not only by offering words of encouragement but by doing half of the work at home, from changing half of the diapers to doing half of the laundry’. Sheryl is one of the hardest working top dogs in business and she leaves at 5.30pm every day, has done for years.

The overriding consensus seems to be: don’t get into bed with your phone, and make time for your family.

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