3 Keys to Work-Life Balance

Women in today’s modern world are better-educated and more driven for professional success than ever before. We are no longer bound by stereotypes and the new image of women is represented quite well by the old commercial words: “We can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan and never let you forget you’re a man.” To do this however, requires a paradigm shift, one that acknowledges how our professional success and personal lives are intimately woven together and influence each other. If a woman wants to create success in her life, both personal and professional, she needs to think about how they both influence each other by creating a family plan that compliments rather than competes against one’s business plan!

Following are 3 essential keys needed to create a family plan that allows for success in both your career and personal lives.

  1. Money. Women must stop ignoring the fact that money does indeed make the world go round. We need to have an honest financial goal for the lifestyle we desire – as it will obviously influence how much money we need to make in our jobs/business. Our personal and professional goals are intimately woven together, influencing each other. Do not ignore the financial reality of your life.

  2. Time. Think about how much time you are willing to put into your career and how much time you need for your personal life. Time is the most precious commodity of all – because once you have spent your time on something – it is gone forever. Deliberately choose with whom and how you spend your time in all areas of your life. Ask yourself how much time you are willing to spend at work vs. how much time you want for your personal life. Are you willing to travel and spend time away from home at night and on the weekends?

  3. Relationships. All research shows the overall happiness of your life is predicated upon the quality of your relationships. How important is it for you to socialize and be with your friends? How much time spent together does your marriage or intimate relationship require to maintain its closeness and connectedness – every couple is different and what works for one couple may not work for another.

It is imperative that we not leave these variables to chance by creating a family plan that compliments rather than competes against our career goals and/or business plans. Forget the concept of trying to strike a balance between your work and personal life – have the goal be to make sure they compliment each other instead!

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