It is fantastic to know there is always something new to learn to in the work life balance battle. There are always books, articles, documentaries and news reports on the struggle to balance work and life. These stories always amaze me because they are usually so drastically dismal or ridiculously optimistic. The reality is that it is hard to balance work and life, but it can be done. Like most things worth having, finding a balance between work and life is hard but well worth the effort. Most people work because they have to work in order to provide a living for themselves and their families. At the same time people want to live lives that are fulfilling, satisfying and enjoyable. More »
It is fantastic to realize when it comes to your life at work and home, reputation matters. Reputation is what people think of you, how people refer to you when you are not around. It is common for people to take care to be sure they have a good reputation at work. Often, little attention is paid to the reputation one has at home. This is a mistake. No matter if at home or at work, reputation matters a great deal. More »
It is fantastic to finally realize that there is no magic secret to the work life balance puzzle and that is okay. Whenever you gather a group of women together, the conversation inevitably turns to how hard it is to balance the duties at home and work. It doesn’t matter if the women are successful business executives or stay at home moms charged with keeping things running smoothly on the home front. There is always a conversation about how to balance work, family and still squeeze in some personal time. Inevitably someone leaves the conversation upset because she feels like a failure because she can’t make it all work.
Today I am advocating for a different way of looking at it. Get over the frustration, kick it out the door and say, forget it all and accept and embrace your life, whatever it is and keep moving. This is a great situation to use the seven stages of grief to handle: More »
It is fantastic to encourage a friend who is making her work/life balance a success. There are some people who are able to make everything work: home, work, kids, spouse and friends. Everything in their lives seems to be at ease and working in harmony. When these people are observed from afar or even up close everything seems to be organized, all together and running smoothly. Because everything looks so smooth and at ease no one ever thinks of these people as having problems or difficulties in keeping all the balls floating in the air. Often, observers forget that it takes a lot of work to make balancing it all look easy. More »
It is fantastic to run a business where the employees have learned to properly balance work and home. At least once per year this is a big uproar when one “expert” or another writes a big article on how modern women are struggling to “have it all.” Typically the articles have a lot of moaning and complaining about the need for balance and how impossible it is to balance one’s work life and home life, how impossible it is to have it all. Smart entrepreneurs and supervisors know that employees are better workers when they are not overwhelmed by their responsibilities at work and at home.
Smart entrepreneurs and supervisors understand that when employees do not have a healthy understanding of how to balance their work and home responsibilities, they are less productive at work and more resentful at home. When employees are more resentful at home they become disillusioned and more troublesome at work. For these reasons, it is in an entrepreneur’s or supervisor’s best interest to encourage employees to balance effectively.
Out of necessity the work must be divided into more than one day. It is important for entrepreneurs and supervisors at work to encourage employees to learn to balance their responsibilities at home and at work. It is important for employees to learn this lesson and to learn how to work smarter rather than just harder.
In conclusion, it is fantastic to run a business where the employees have learned to properly balance work and home. So, the question for you this fantastic day is how do you balance work and home?