Finding the right work/life balance is elusive for most of us, and often it’s a balancing act.
“In an effort to manage the balance of work and family, I try to make an attempt to not turn on my work computer or look at my phone for work emails unless it is something urgent,” said O’Dell. “Otherwise it’s too easy to get caught working in the evening or on the weekends when we need a break or need time with family to regroup. I try my best to leave work at work and not let it carry over into family time.” Utley feels the same sharing that work/life balance for him means not looking at his work emails on the weekends.
“Find something besides work that you love to do and do it,” said Debby Robin, M.D., MHCM. “Something that you can refocus your energy on and not think about work,” she said. “For me that is cooking and entertaining - the more complicated the recipes and the menu, the more I can lose myself in the process. This is also a way for me to spend time with friends and family.”
As a full-time working mother of a toddler, Conroy’s work-life balance is sometimes stretched but she says, “Learn to say “No”! Don’t be a people pleaser. People need to learn to respect your boundaries, and you, and your family, come first. Keep it simple, don’t overextend yourself and join every committee and church group and PTA, etc.”
“For me work is life,” concludes Robin. “If you don’t love getting up in the morning and going to work you have the wrong job. Be efficient at work and don’t waste time. Put your head down and get the job done quickly and efficiently. That way you will have time for family and fun.”