2012 – 2013 ACADEMIC YEAR UPPER-INTERMEDIATE (MAINSTREAM) BLENDED LEARNING COMPONENT UNIT 2 – BUSINESS (READING)
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Balancing Work and Home for Whole-Life Success
Published: April 22, 2012
By Ed and Ellen Schack
1. Today's driven*, success-minded professionals strive to 'have it all' - and do it all - with respect to their personal and professional lives. However, this effort often leads to disappointing results in many, if not all, areas. The complexity lies in creating abundance in your professional life while still being able to relax and enjoy your personal life to its fullest.
2. Realizing whole-life success is possible. The secret lies in creating and committing to boundaries that keep work and home life separate. In this way, you may remain career-driven while also creating as much quality family, couple, and 'me' time as possible. This helps to reduce anxiety and stress for you, your romantic relationship, and a family unit at large.
3. Consider these tactical strategies that will help working professionals better balance their family, personal and career lives. Be totally accessible to business contacts ONLY during regular working hours, whether 9 to 5 Monday through Friday or other working hours. Ensure all sellers, business partners, colleagues and clients understand that this is the company culture or your personal policy. Have a personal cell phone that is only for family and friends, so you can leave the business phone behind on family outings, personal 'me' time, at the health club, or with friends. Answer the work phone, fax or email ONLY during business hours. Just as you schedule professional obligations, also schedule time for personal, family, and couple activities. And don't forget to put in 'me' time to exercise, relax, or spend time...