Balancing your busy home life with your fast-paced career can be a challenge. But, if you want to avoid burnout and set yourself up for long-term happiness, learning how to achieve a livable and fulfilling work-life balance is essential.
When you’re looking for advice on how to manage your obligations both in the office and at home with your partner or family, turning to an expert can help. Reading a book about work-life balance will help you see your situation more clearly and offer you tools and tactics for how to design a more seamless—and less stressful—work-life balance.
Whether achieving this level of zen is one of your 2020 resolutions or you’re simply ready to kiss your spread-to-thin feelings goodbye, this list of the 10 best books about work-life balance for 2020 can help.
With tried-and-true favorites to new work-life balance books that are coming out in 2020, these are the most helpful titles about balancing your career with your home life that you can buy on Amazon.
Best Work-Life Balance Books
1. Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo
In April 2020, everyone’s favorite organizational guru, Marie Kondo, will be publishing her newest title, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life. In this book, you’ll learn tips on how to declutter your workspace so you can work more productively, which can help improve your work-life balance dramatically.
2. Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work by Jennifer Petriglieri
In Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work, Jennifer Petriglieri, a professor of organizational behavior, teaches working couples how to navigate their dual-career relationships, while strengthening their bond as partners.
3. Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work-Life Balance by Gail Golden
This highly-anticipated read by Gail Golden will be realized in April 2020, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon. Among its helpful hints for consciously creating a work-life balance that suits your needs, it encourages readers how to break down their life activities into three main categories—and why they should: 1) the things you are not going to do, at least not right now; 2) the things you will be mediocre at; and 3) the things you will be great at.
If you’re tired of fighting with your partner about how best to divvy up your chores list when you both have demanding work schedules, Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky is the answer to your prayers.
5. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA
In their book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA help women learn to beat burnout by teaching them strategies that counteract the overwhelm and exhaustion caused by societal pressures and work-life obstacles.
6. Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
Google employees turned New York Times bestselling authors teach you how to make more time in every day in their book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. Their four-step strategy is perfectly designed to yield results!
7. When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good by Emily Ley
Emily Ley, the founder of the popular life planner and notebook brand, Simplified, knows a thing or two about organizing your life and schedule. In her latest book, When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good, she offers tips for working more productively so you can slow down and avoid burnout.
Find the perfect balance between work vs. play in The Balance Point: Master the Work-Life Balance, Love What You do, and Become an Unstoppable Entrepreneur by Jordan Ring. Handy tools, like the 80/20 rule, and smart advice will help you maximize your contentment and achieve a better work-life balance in no time.
9. Balance is B.S.: How to Have a Work. Life. Blend by Tamara Loehr
Tamara Loehr’s book, Balance is B.S.: How to Have a Work. Life. Blend., she smartly points out that rather than a “balance” as it’s often described, a “blend” is more appropriate—and fulfilling. This read teaches women how to let go of the work-life balance myth and associated guilt it causes and instead focusing on your own values first.
10. Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers by Morten Hansen
The results of a five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees are the foundation of Morten Hansen’s book, Great at Work: The Hidden Habits of Top Performers, in which he highlights seven smart work strategies—paired with inspiring first-person stories—to help you learn from the best. Plus, there are questions at the end of each chapter that allow you to assess your own work practices and identify room for improvement.