Live and Let Work

A Guide to Enjoy Your Corporate Job

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
101 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2022
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Reviewed by Jennie More for Readers' Favorite

Live and Let Work: A Guide to Enjoy Your Corporate Job by Tim Allard is a wonderful guide to enjoying a corporate career, detailing the common challenges that lead to burnout or discontent in the workplace with helpful solutions for overcoming them. Allard’s stance is that people don’t live two lives: work life and home life. There is only one life, and each employee must ensure that they live it happily. Allard identifies some of the daily work activities that drain people’s energy and motivation, namely emails, meetings, presentations, and how to make them more effective. He deals with the simple adaptations you can make to your workspace, the importance of how you start and end your day, deciphering language, managing expectations, and aligning your work’s vision to your personal goals. Allard provides a practical guide that can change perspectives about the corporate grind and help people bring their true and best selves to work daily.

Live and Let Work by Tim Allard is a bold and candid book highly relevant in the current corporate space. Allard provides an honest description of the day in the life of a corporate worker, the good and the bad, which gained my confidence in his ability and immediately gripped my attention with his solutions. Controversially, he doesn’t believe in the work-life balance that everyone speaks about, and he illustrates his point well. Corporate life is a reality for most, but not everyone will become entrepreneurs, and they certainly don’t have to. Allard provides a compelling argument and helpful tips on how people can start to enjoy their corporate job.

Diana Lopez

We are accustomed to thinking about life and work as two separate paths. Tim Allard shows us that this is not so. We only have one life, and we must enjoy every moment of it, including work. He advises that we must be in control while remaining ourselves and he believes that it is possible to work for a corporation while maintaining your individuality. Live and Let Work: A Guide to Enjoy Your Corporate Job is a pathway to learning how to enjoy working in an organization. This guide explains how to optimize time in everyday situations such as writing emails and in conversations. Allard also includes tips for developing functional presentations, while he explains the importance of creating a sound working environment. He gives hints on how to be productive while feeling comfortable, but not distracted. This book will help us get the most out of our time so that we can feel free to enjoy our work.

Live and Let Work is recommended for those who want to improve their work experience. Some people may doubt whether they are in the right position, but those who want to maintain stability will find a helpful guide here. I liked the way Tim Allard provided techniques by including practical examples. He discusses finding ways to link your job with activities you enjoy as well as managing people's expectations of your performance. Our working hours take up a large part of our lives, which is why we have to work harmoniously in a secure environment. It is up to us to achieve this, but we may need to adapt to the circumstances. It just takes courage. This book shows us that we can be good at anything we want.

Philip Van Heusen

Who said that work and life must be two different entities? Tim Allard authored Live and Let Work: A Guide to Enjoy Your Corporate Job to explain how the two co-exist. Life and work don’t just co-exist; they are actually one and the same. The goal is to bring your life into your work. You turn work on or off as part of your life. The best way to enjoy work is to start by changing the things you have control over. Along the way, Tim gives what he calls Allard’s Axioms to help the reader incorporate the points of the book into their life. Realizing that life and work run in tandem enables you to understand that everything that touches your mind and body is part of your work environment. Bring your passion into your work schedule.

Learning to control what is controllable will go a long way in helping you to enjoy your corporate job. In Live and Let Work: A Guide to Enjoy Your Corporate Job, Tim Allard starts by teaching the reader how to control their email. Too much of our time working is wasted by time goblins that gobble our efficiency. To really be productive, one has to minimize, or better yet, get rid of distractions. When discussing issues, or anything for that matter, use a vocabulary with which you are comfortable. Trying to use big words to impress usually does just the opposite. Tim emphasizes that “to gain lasting happiness at work, you need to gain control, be effective, and have the latitude to express yourself.” You will burn out if you do not enjoy your life/work. This is an enjoyable book to teach you how to enjoy your career and be the most productive possible.

Nino Lobiladze

Have you ever put an insurmountable barrier between your work in a corporation and other activities? How often do you feel miserable in your work environment in a large company? Those of us who worked for big companies know this feeling well. But it should not be that way, as proved by Live and Let Work by Tim Allard. We can work for an intimidatingly enormous organization and be happy and contented at the same time. So what should we do to break a vicious circle of distractions such as an everlasting stream of emails and never-ending meetings to start doing our job? Or what to do if you don't understand your task because of some specific terms or jargon? Control, effectiveness, and being ourselves in our workplace are key factors of a productive lifestyle that will bring us success in a large organization and satisfy our employers.

I liked how masterfully Tim Allard outlined obstacles on the path of a corporate employee. I was always inclined to demarcate my work from my life. Tim Allard showed me how ineffective this approach can be and what to do to eliminate it. It struck me that the right decisions are on the surface, and we just don't pay attention enough to make them and improve our work situation. I especially liked the chapter dedicated to "managing expectations" or how to set our boundaries properly. I appreciated the straightforward writing style of Live and Let Work with a touch of humor. In my opinion, it is worth mentioning that the editorial aspects of the book were brilliant, for I didn't come across any flaws. Live and Let Work would help those who are stuck in their corporate job and looking for a simple and elegant solution. Readers who consider working for a large company would also value recommendations from this experienced author.

Foluso Falaye

Live and Let Work guides readers toward the best adjustments and choices to attain a more productive, healthier work environment in a world of "corporate and large-company employment". Tim Allard explains that working—which takes a good percent of our adult lives—could also be our personal time and an activity that actually makes us happy, as opposed to seeing it as something we need to escape from to experience happiness in life. Readers will learn how to maximize the time they spend on important work duties—like emails, meetings, goal setting, and commuting—and reduce the distractions that get in the way. The book also includes guidelines for improving one's control, maximizing one's effectiveness, and connecting to one's core values while dealing with various elements of a typical workday.

I never thought about drawing a picture to get my ideas into words when I find it hard to construct an email, but Tim Allard's suggestion about doing exactly that is already helping me work faster. You will find many more practical, out-of-the-box ideas about typical tasks that corporate workers deal with daily, neatly laid out in the book. Since every important point comes with a hypothetical, relatable example, I found I wasn't only learning new concepts but enjoying picturing following the stories. If the brilliant ideas in Live and Let Work become more popular, I see the increasing rate of resignations that we are currently experiencing reversing in the future since more corporate workers will learn to be true to themselves and find happiness in their work. Tim Allard's revolutionary and undeniably genuine book about working smarter is what the corporate world needs right now!