5 books on work-life balance

For many of us, work-life balance seems like a mirage on the horizon—something we can see, but never quite reach. Fortunately, though, a few brilliant thinkers have done a lot of hard work for us, finding out why work keeps us so involved, and how we can reclaim more of our personal time. Check out the five excellent books below to get you started.

Work Will Never Love You Again: How Dedication to Our Jobs Makes Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Lonely by Sarah Jaffe

Work Will Never Love You Again: How Dedication to Our Jobs Makes Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Lonely by Sarah Jaffe

A prominent voice in work, inequality, and social movements examines the “labor of love” myth – the idea that a particular work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion rather than pay. In this way, she reveals how we have all been tricked into buying a new tyranny at work. See the summary of “Book Bite” that writer Sarah Jaffe read on the Next Big Idea app.

Set Boundaries and Find Peace: A Guide to Taking Back Yourself by Nedra Glover Tuap

Set Boundaries and Find Peace: A Guide to Taking Back Yourself by Nedra Glover Tuap

Rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the techniques shared by an influential therapist help us clearly identify and express our needs—and solve a major problem behind dependence, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more. Listen to the “Book Bite” synopsis, read by writer Nedra Glover Tuap, in the Next Big Idea app.

Devon Price: Laziness doesn't exist

Devon Price: Laziness doesn’t exist

For many of us, our self-worth has become one of our productivity functions. In other words, we feel good about ourselves only by working harder. But in this book, the social psychologist argues that what we call “laziness” isn’t just normal — it’s something we should all strive to embrace. Listen to the “Book Bite” summary read by author Devon Price on the Next Big Idea app.

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Feelings at Work by Liz Foslin and Molly West Duffy

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Feelings at Work by Liz Foslin and Molly West Duffy

A fun guide to effectively expressing your feelings in the office, finding fulfillment, and determining work-life balance on your own terms. Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy draw on behavioral economics, psychology, and their own experiences in different organizations to explain how to bring the best of you (and all of yourself) to work every day. Watch excerpts from our e-course.

Do Nothing: How to Get Rid of Overwork, Overwork, and Living Under the Influence of Celeste Headley

Do Nothing: How to Get Rid of Overwork, Overwork, and Living Under the Influence of Celeste Headley

As work tries to make its way into every waking moment, the award-winning journalist reminds us that we can and should make time for ourselves. In other words, it’s really okay to just sit back and do nothing. Listen to the “Book Bite” summary read by author Celeste Headley on the Next Big Idea app.

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