5. Create Time for Yourself
Being a good parent, partner and professional means being good to yourself first. Use your mind to make some affirmations for yourself. Find ways to relax, relieve tension and minimize stress. Taking some time off for yourself will not only benefit you, but it will benefit your work and family tremendously, as well!
6. Get Organized
Set priorities, work smarter not harder, delegate (and really let go!). Create lists and save them for re-use. Keep a main calendar centrally located to post everyone's activities.
7. Balancing Work and Family Requires You to Be Flexible
Forgive yourself when things don't get done. Understand that with children things change at a moment's notice. Be ready and willing to assume responsibility for any of the tasks that need to get done at any time. Never get too comfortable, because as soon as you seem to get things under control, they change! Also, realize that in order to achieve success many women have had to give up their original goals and substitute new ones with different but equal challenges. Negotiate for what you need.
8. Enjoy Quality Family Time
Spend quality/focused time with your family. Give them your full attention. Develop rituals you can all look forward to. Create relationships with your spouse and children that are not incidental but rather instrumental to your success.
9. Find Reliable Child Care
Leave your kids in capable hands. Find someone you feel comfortable and confident in. If you're feeling ambivalent about working or about leaving your child, etc. do not show it--your child (at any age) will pick right up on it. Feel proud when you've found someone who fits into your needs. Get involved with your child's care providers by communicating frequently and observing interactions between caregiver and your child.
10. Achieve an Integrated Life
Keep things in perspective. Create harmony in your life--a mixture of work, family and friends. Remember, there is no single formula for balancing work and family. It is a personal decision how one combines spouse, children and career.
- Work/Life Balance: women physicians balancing career and family
- A Balanced Life: Can you really have it all?
- Survey results for overall career/life balance satisfaction of women in medicine.
About the Author:
Natalie A. Gahrmann is a dynamic workshop/seminar leader, trainer and success coach. She combines life experiences and extensive training to motivate others to achieve better results, unlock creativity and gain fulfillment in their work and personal life. She specializes in working with Small Business Owners, Professionals, Managers and Home-Based Working Moms seeking create better results without sacrificing the quality of their life. She has appeared worldwide in a variety of publications including the Star Ledger, Home News, Packet Publications, Asbury Park Press, Pensacola News Journal, Edmonton Sun Times, Redbook, Smart Money and on-line at Blue Suit Mom, NetWorking Moms, MLM Woman Newsletter, Better Business Focus, and Tumbler Ridge Assessment & Resource Service.