Work-Life Balance, Does it Really Exist?
Early in my career, I decided to start a family. I remember how my boss used to tell me that family should always come first, he was definitely right and I continue to live by those words.
Work-life balance depends on how much you work on creating a balanced life. So, does work-life balance exist? Yes, but is it perfect and easy? No. Because at the end of the day, you need to take full responsibility and treat your life like a business.
What to do? Create a plan. Evaluate it, be flexible and learn to compromise along the way. Here are some tips from my personal experience, hope it can help you find that work-life balance you have been fantasizing about.
Step 1: Create a Best Practice – So my best practice is set Sunday as my planning day. I would look at my calendar and check what my boys and I need to attend or do for the week. I would then map out my week so I can get a clear mind on what it’s going to look like.
Step 2: Be Very Clear and Committed – Once I know what my week entails, I organize my week and create an action plan for work, kids, social life and me time. Pro Tip: Always put a “Me Time” on your calendars.
Step 3: Communication is the Key! – Practice open and honest conversations with your boss and support team. If you’re juggling work and parenthood plus you need to pick your kids up from school before your shift ends, talk to your boss and come up with the best solution for you. There are lots of ways to get work done, it’s just a matter of communicating and finding the perfect solution.
Step 4: Be Productive – When you want to create balance, you need to have that focus and determination to make it happen. Do not waste your time on social media or engage in unnecessary conversations when you know that you have more important things to do. Always deliver more than expected. Learn more about Lisa at lisabien.com.
After our visit with Lisa, Robert Clancy joins in to wrap up this segment of Late Night Health.