Check It Out: Life Balance

A Different Approach to Productivity

Get in Balance
Most of us long to be more productive in the same way we dream of making a million bucks: we’re willing to buy a lottery ticket, but we feel overwhelmed when it comes to imagining the hard work that our dreams of riches may require. Llamagraphics offers a unique solution with its Life Balance software, (Mac only, $65; Mac-Palm bundle, $80). You can plug all your big goals—from “make more money” to “spend time with family”—into this time-management program and track the daily tasks related to each one. Life Balance generates prioritized to-do lists organized in numerous ways. For instance, you can create lists of things to do while you’re on a commuter train or near a telephone. Most revealing is the ability to see, using the program’s pie charts, how your ideals match your actual actions. Like many time-management programs, this one demands a lot of setup time. Check out the 30-day free trial to see whether it might be worth the effort for you.

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