Who’s in Control of Your Life?

How to set boundaries, develop life priorities

Do you feel like a pinball in a pinball machine, getting bounced around all day with a “Game Over” sign at the end of the day? Too busy at work and no time for anything else? Kendy Bentley says many professionals find it difficult to participate fully in one area of life without sacrificing the other. Bentley, President of Kendrith Bentley and Associates Ltd. specializing in Corporate Health and Fitness Strategies in Calgary, Alberta, offers tips to help you become more productive at work and still do the things you love away from work.

At the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) meeting in Toronto in May 2006, Bentley described a busy CEO who was profiled in a Toronto newspaper. This CEO worked 15-hour days during the week and 10 hours on the weekends, and spent his downtime planning his day ahead, even after 10:30 at night. What was missing from this profile? “Nowhere in the article was there any mention of family or anything else in his life,” says Bentley. She further describes the irony of an employee who claims, “My job is giving me migraines, high blood pressure and chest pains, and bleeding ulcers. I would quit but I really like the health plan here.”

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