For years, society has tried to assure ambitious young women that if they worked hard enough, they could juggle both a high demanding career and a family. However Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, says otherwise. Sandberg admitted that balancing both worlds is extremely difficult but a necessity if we wish to have more women leaders in the workforce.
What about the rest of us? As women, we do everything for others before we do anything for ourselves; in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we are ‘Earth’ personalities who care for others first. We are givers! We are nurturers and caregivers, and we always provide support for others – at home and at work! But, we are also capable, creative, and resourceful; that is why we are so adept at multitasking and can outwork many of the men in our lives.
Perhaps it is time to get unstuck – because as a working woman, you can accomplish balance by focusing on these 7 balance strategies:
Decide what’s most important in your life.
Know your purpose.
Know your limits
Know how to seek help
Have the Right People in the Right Seats on the Bus
Utilize the “I’ll think about it overnight theory.”
Good employers recognize the value of good employees and are often willing to find or create ways to help employees deal with family situations by making short-term or permanent changes in work schedules. Options include flextime, job-sharing, telecommuting, and part-time employment. If you know your skills, abilities, and performance record are strong and valued, you have a solid footing for negotiating flexible work arrangements. If you are your own employer, rethink your business goals and prioritize time for yourself!!!
When your work life and personal life blend together under the guise of “multi-tasking,” both suffer. When you are at work, focus on the job to be done. When you are finished with work, don’t bring it home with you. Make time for your personal life and your personal health. Take time for you.
If your work materials are dispersed throughout nearly every room of your house, you have no place for a real retreat. You’re not spending high-quality time with friends or family members if you’re talking on your cell phone or checking your email when you’re with them. Take time to focus exclusively on your friends and family members when you’re with them; then you won’t feel guilty when you have to concentrate on work. Create high-quality work and personal experiences for yourself by keeping them separate. Follow these proven methods to attain and maintain the work/life balance that you, as a working woman, need and deserve. Don’t listen to what society says…listen instead to your inner self!