This past summer – I had the opportunity to see Nick Wallenda walk a tightrope with no safety net at a Rockland Boulders game. Paraphrasing his words I remember reading in the newspaper that his grandfather told him that a net only gave the opportunity for failure. It leads me to contemplate the bigger issue of “work-life” balance and what we all want to achieve. I think it’s a good analogy comparing the “work-life” balance with walking a tightrope of sorts.
The term “work-life” balance seems relatively new though its been around for a long time. It is generally seen as a predominately female issue yet many men want to achieve a healthy balance. In my mind, obtaining happiness, satisfaction, and fulfillment in multiple life areas is key in achieving a balance.
Career demands versus health demands – how do we choose? Time with friends or family? – how do we prioritize?
I think of my zodiac sign “Libra” and its symbol “scales.” I definitely prefer things to be fair, predictable and measured. The number on my work-life balance changes constantly. I feel the elusive solution to this work-life “puzzle” is recognizing that change and making the necessary adjustments.
There are many books @ GPL that can help you strive to keep that balance in check:
Breaking into the boys’ club: the complete guide for women to get ahead in business
Grow your value: living and working to your full potential
I know how she does it: how successful women make the most of their time
Leading the Life You Want: skills for integrating work and life
Life Matters: creating a dynamic balance of work, family, time, and money
Living forward: a proven plan to stop drifting and get the life you want
The Power of forgetting: six essential skills to clear out brain clutter & become the sharpest, smartest you
Spirituality at work: 10 ways to balance your life on the job
Unfinished business: women men work family
We all have free access to Lynda.com with our Westchester Library System cards. It is a fantastic resource for reviewing and advancing your business and computer skills. Regarding the work-life balance questions there are two courses for you to review at Lynda.com:
There are several informative and free talks about the work-life balance issue at ted.com. A wonderful free resource of presentations given by world wide experts, heroes, notable figures and regular people like you and I. Started in 1984- Ted is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading worthwhile ideas. The acronym TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design.
As Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Shoot for the moon – if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.”