The book What Really Works – Blending the Seven Fs for the Life You Imagine is by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt, and without a doubt will be the next book I buy from Amazon. Their theory is that instead of trying to balance one’s work / personal life, we are better to blend the Seven Fs into our lives. So if you want to read the book, go here, and if you want Batz & Schmidt’s summary of the Seven Fs then read on.
Faith: Our spiritual life. Spirituality is a peculiar and amazing thing. We are all spiritual beings — regardless their chosen religion, most humans find a source of identity and strength by listening to and nurturing their spirituality.
Family: Our loved ones. In the research for the book, more than 1000 college-educated, knowledgeable workers rated “family” as the most satisfying of the F’s, and they also said family was their highest priority for increasing their satisfaction.
Finances: How money funds our priorities. While some see our income on the rise, most people today see the opposite. Here’s the deal about finances: The only way to be truly satisfied with our finances is learn to be grateful for what we have, not spiteful about what we don’t have.
Fitness: The health of our body. In our survey, fitness finished dead last in satisfaction, and dead last in priorities. Fitness really should be easy, except for the fact that we have to eat less (and better), drink less alcohol and break a sweat more often. How’s your fitness — really?
Friends: The people who share our joys and disappointments. Our research reveals that women tend to be more satisfied with their friendships, and they also place a higher priority on friends. How are you doing with your friends?
Fun: The part of life that is playful and joyful. With so much of our life spent working, can’t we make it more fun? Would the people you spend the most time with describe you as fun?
Future: The hope that we have for ourselves and others. Future is less about optimism and more about the commitment we make to a better world. Future is a major driver for many entrepreneurs. How about you?