Lee Mirabal’s Work-to-Joy Ratio explained: Are you on a constant treadmill? How much joy is there in your daily life? The treadmill mentality never accomplishes a good work-to-joy ratio. In my earlier work life, I never regularly checked my goals to see that I was on track. I was locked into a never-ending journey of excitement, anxiety and work, sleepless nights worrying about this and that, etc. Then I learned to regulate my work/joy levels. At this stage of my life, I want more time for fun, a more mellow excitement and less time being anxious. I started working smarter so that I can accomplish the same goals with less anxiety and hours. If possible, hire others to do some of your tasks. If you can’t do that, then look at things like your procrastination habits or adherence to daily planning. These can throw off the work/joy ratio. My work is still a full-time job, but there are not so many late nights and weekend hours put into the projects — and I don’t worry as much. The treadmill mentality didn’t get me anywhere faster; in fact, it slowed me down a bit. Take stock of your goals and what it takes to reach them, but work smarter and improve your work-to-joy ratio.