I’ve talked a lot lately about finding a new career, prospecting, resume building, and the unique aspects of the current job market. And while those things are vitally important, the foundation of what I teach all my clients can still be summed up in three little words: Career Life Balance.
Sometimes, a job (or a job search) can consume our time and energy until it feels like there’s nothing left for anything else. We become absorbed in the professional side of our lives, in the act of providing for ourselves and our families. But this mentality can dangerously tip the Career-Life scales, so much so that we may not even realize how little weight is given to our family and personal lives. I know a business owner who didn’t see how far his own scale had tipped until his wife took the kids and left him.
How do you know if your scales are tipped too far?
The last point is a conundrum common to anyone who owns a Blackberry. A trip to Chucky Cheese’s with the kids is NOT a family night out if you spend the entire time answering e-mails messages on your smartphone. In order for personal time to be personal, leave the work behind.
If the thought of being out of contact for more than ten minutes makes your blood run cold, ask yourself why. For many people, the fear is two-faced: first, they’re afraid that they’ll miss some important career-related opportunity or bit of information if they aren’t on call. Second, they’re afraid that if they enjoy their time off too much, or become disconnected from their “work persona,” it will be too hard to face Monday morning. Finding Career Life Balance means finding a way to deal with these types of fears, and be fully present both at work and at home.
Back-to-school time is a great point at which to begin evaluating the balance in your own life. It’s a time when new systems and schedules are being established—so why not work on your own balance as well? When you make the effort to reset your priorities, you’ll realize what you need to regain your ideal balance.
I’ll have some great tips on how to pare down your workload and find your personal balance point next week. Until then, I’m here to chat if you want to work on your balancing act!