conferences, we ask everyone to introduce themselves in part by drawing
a picture that represents their life. (Don't scoff - Mike and I did
until we realized how effective this was.) LOTS of people draw
tornados, or see-saws, or something crazy or out of control. They then
tell us they're looking for "balance" between work and family.
is none. No balance, ever. Everyone else is NOT doing it better than
you, and you're NOT the only one feeling stressed and worried about
everything, and feeling like you're almost failing at both.
right - there's no "balance." If you're trying to achieve balance,
you're going to fail. Balance isn't the answer. I often share with them
that the best they can hope for is "dynamic tension."
there IS a way to be at peace about the work and family struggle.
(Because that's what folks seeking 'balance' secretly crave - to be at
peace about it.)
what to do: GO HOME. Stop trying to be make two things balance that
ought NOT to be in "balance." These aren't two equals.... FAMILY IS
home. Decide now, right now, that you are going to actually LIVE your
life the way you SAY you want to. (Or hush about it).
planning your days so that you leave at 6 pm, say. Just go home. And
when you're there... BE there. Sure, maybe a little email after the
kids go to bed, but that's all.
senior SENIOR people who go home at 6. And spend time with their
families. And when they're on vacation, they check in maybe once a day,
but if they miss it, it's not the end of the world. yeah, if their boss
calls, they answer. But they don't stay plugged in.
an important subject, so I'm going to send another note next time,
continuing this thread.
now, trust me, you CAN go home.
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