As I’ve written this book, I have become more and more confident that professionals at all levels should focus on results produced rather than hours worked. It’s the best way, in my opinion, for you to get more done at work while enjoying more time with your friends and family. However, I’ve also been impressed by how much your approach to productivity should depend on your own specific situation. In applying the lessons of this book, you should carefully consider your own stage in life and your organization’s culture.

Your view of the appropriate balance between work and home will depend heavily on your stage in life. If you are a single college graduate working in an investment bank in New York City, you shouldn’t worry about going ...

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