We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chris, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work-life balance is at the core of my productivity coaching platform and philosophy, and it was the motivation for my book “Less Is The New More”. I worked with people and teams for many years in corporate technology, and I could see how we were getting more and more burnt out trying to get ahead. And what’s worse we were getting less efficient and so we were sacrificing our health, relationships and mental wellness just to survive. That inspired me to find, perfect and teach better ways to get work done without burning ourselves out. So we could thrive again, not just survive, and still have time for life balance.

Many people believe you have to give up some success and accomplishment to get work-life balance. I think of work-life balance as the optimal tuning for ourselves, like in a high performance engine: too lean and you stall; too rich and you burn out. Properly tuned, you work and live at your best and don’t compromise on anything.

What should our readers know about your business?
My practice is productivity coaching and consulting, and it’s grounded in work-life balance. However lots of people will tell you that work and career are not everything, and you should sacrifice some of that to make time for your relationships and physical and mental health. Everyone is posting a meme these days about mental wellness.

What sets me apart is I’m saying you don’t have to sacrifice *anything*. You just need the right strategies to focus more on what moves the needle and still make time for your other life areas. And the epiphany–which is difficult for people to wrap their mind around, but I’ve proven–is that you can actually get *more* done, not less.

My journey took years and was certainly not easy–it’s still not. I overcame challenges by actually challenging the challenges, meaning, I had to question traditional beliefs and practices and actually unlearn some beliefs.

People frequently tell me how I inspire them, and I love that. But specifically I want to motivate them to take action and grow to truly live their best life and self. I want to level up the planet–one amazing person at a time.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend visited it could be dangerous but for the sake of argument I’ll assume we last a whole week. I live in the Dallas area so my answer will include that local flare and Texas charm.

So first, my following knows that, although I am a serious professional, I am a big fan of day-drinking. Not because you need alcohol to have fun, but because it is a very relaxing way to enjoy local culture. We have many great microbrew pubs where you can enjoy drink and food crafted by local brewing and culinary artists.

We also have many, not just one, micro-cultural districts in the metroplex where we can enjoy renovated historical buildings, shops, brick streets and venues in a small walking distance. We could visit one of those daily and not run out. And enjoy a variety of the Tex-Mex and smoked bbq foods we are known for.

Evenings must include live music! This area–and Texas all over–is known for having a richness of local live music artists and venues to support them. It’s a way more intimate and less expensive way to experience music versus a big arena.

And finally somewhere in the visit I would try to get them on a horse for a trail ride, to get a taste of the Western culture and also because experiencing these majestic creatures is a life-changing experience.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My greatest mentor–and someone I’ve never met–is entrepreneur and author: Tim Ferriss. I’ve read so many books but his book “The 4-Hour Workweek” was a life-changing inspiration for me, at a time when I really needed inspiration. His writing showed me there was always another way to think about work, life and mindset, and not get stuck by traditional, limited beliefs and “acceptable” ways of doing things.

I’ve also had the pleasure of working with some other great mentors along the way including Ed Rush, David Bayer and Marie Diaz. And finally I want to shout out my online tribe of clients and connections who I refer to as my wolf pack. Their diversity of global perspectives truly help me grow and expand my own perspective.

Website: https://thatchrislee.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatchrislee/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thatchrislee/

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