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Is True Balance of One's Career and Life Even Possible?

advice for life and work balance

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This is a question every single professional ponders at some point, some of us more than others.

“Work life” has its demands – deadlines, heavy workloads, client/vendor relationships, managing expectations, etc.

“Regular” life has its demands – family life, friend life, grocery shopping, exercise, hobbies, etc.

So can these two lives ever live in perfect harmony? This is a tough one. It seems like whenever we are successfully committing to one of these lives, we are neglecting the other. As a Career Coach, part of my job is to help people strive for balance in the face of throwing themselves completely into their career or job search.

That’s why I’d like to share a Huffington Post piece titled The 12 Days of Work-Life Imbalance: Holiday Tips From 12 Women in Tech and Female Entrepreneurs From Silicon Valley by Caitlin Roberson and many others. In it, Roberson suggests that the problem is expecting balance in the first place, when we should all be embracing the imbalance of work and life. She writes of “The simple belief that the only predictable substance of life are shifts and fluctuating priorities.”

I highly recommend you read what these 12 women have to say about how they manage work and life in the context of the Holiday season. There are some very insightful ideas and thoughts that will appeal to women and men alike.

What about you? How have you seen challenges and successes in work/life balance? What tips or advice would you give?