The “9 to 5 job”—is there any phrase that’s more laughable than that? With round-the-clock email accessibility and phones that only get switched off on…
I still work long hours but I don't feel bad about dropping my kid at school or taking a lunch break. There is more pressure to be available to them but I set limits and strive to maintain consistency in my schedule so my executives and family know what they can expect from me.
I would mark my calendar ‘12pm-1:30pm gym’ or ‘offline’ so that everyone I supported understood. This was something that I was fortunate enough to work out with my execs. Before then, it wasn't uncommon for me to be ‘on vacation’ and have my laptop out by the pool.
It was the last company I worked for that woke me up and I got fed up. I took almost a year of disability because of anxiety attacks, emotional and physical stress and that really made me realize that I need a life. I had forgotten how to smile and just be the happy no attitude person I used to be. The last four years have been wonderful with the company I work for now. I can work from home when I need to and my boss doesn’t bother me after 5pm or before 9am unless it’s an emergency. No stress at all!! I’m enjoying more of my personal life but still staying as a rockstar at my work place!Work/life balance is achievable—even for the all-powerful office ninja! It just takes a little planning, a willingness to stick to your guns, and, sometimes, the strength to walk away from an unhealthy situation. What are your tips for maintaining work/life balance?