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“Looking back, I would have still made a similar decision to focus on work, as I was able to provide for my family and become a leader in my area, and these things were important to me,” he said.Women, on the other hand, are much more apprehensive about taking on such taxing duties. One woman explained that she didn’t want to be put in a position where she felt ashamed for being more present at work:
“What is the most difficult thing…what I see my woman friends leave their careers for — is the real emotional guilt of not spending enough time with their children. The guilt of missing out,” she said.For women in executive positions, lumbering up to the tippy top is already quite a climb. So it’s understandable that they might not want to jeopardize their standing in corporate America. “Nearly 30 percent of mothers have had to quit their job to care for someone, compared to 10 percent of fathers,” ThinkProgress adds. But it can be done. Check out Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, with a 21- and 17-year-old! Would you want a stay-at-home husband as you reign as CEO of a company?
We usually post our tips at the beginning of the day, but with things being a little hectic here today, it kept getting pushed back. The next thing we knew, it was 3:30. Then it was 5pm. How many times has this happened to you? The whole day gets away from you, and before you know it, it’s just about time to knock off.
Your first instinct is to huff and puff. You want to leave! The kids are waiting! Hubby’s hungry! You should get to the gym! You’re going to be late for the drink with the friend you haven’t seen in ages! But you continue to toil away.
Guess what. It’s Friday. If you have a project that simply must get done, yes. Duty calls and you have to fulfill your responsibilities.
But if you’re stressing about something that can wait, then you’re stressing for no reason. Wrap up the necessities and go home. That’s right… calmly stack your papers, shut off your computer, put on your jacket, and step away from the desk. At a certain point (usually around wine-thirty, when your brain signs off and you start thinking about the Netflix that’s waiting to be watched), all productivity goes out the window and you’re just spinning your wheels.
So go ahead. Walk out the door. Have a good weekend. We’ll see you back here bright and early Monday morning.
Whether you own a business, work freelance, or are simply a work-a-holic, it’s important to learn how to manage a work-life balance. While it may be the American way to live to work, you’ll be much happier — and infinitely healthier — if you can begin working to live. The irony is that being a work-a-holic actually backfires by making you less efficient and ultimately getting less done, rather than more. Keep these tips in mind to keep you from functioning at anything less than your best:
Make time for exercise. Exercise improves your immune system. Outside of your physical health, keeping fit also improves your mental health (mood and cognitive functions, like memory and concentration). To keep it from being torture, set aside just 20 minutes at a time and make it something you enjoy. That 20 minutes will go by so fast, you won’t think twice about continuing your workout.
Quality time with friends and family. Everybody needs social support. Allocate time every now and again for outings with friends or relaxing with family. When it’s time to unwind and have fun, do it. Don’t hang with friends or family with one eye on your cell phone waiting for emails or other work updates.
Learn something new. Working hard without giving yourself time to explore something out of the ordinary makes life monotonous. It’s hard to stay creative when you’re exposed to the same thing day after day. As you become good at other things besides work, you’ll be surprised at how much fuller your life becomes. Free your mind from work alone.
Daily reflection. Take time away from everyone, even if only 15 minutes a day. This time is meant for you to be conscious of your goals, your dreams and your life purpose. Time alone also allows you to temporarily distance yourself from stressors. Warning: Don’t use this time to worry about work. Simple meditation techniques can be a great help in bringing your stress levels down.
Hindsight is 20/20. Too often that optometry-inspired axiom holds true. But if wisdom comes in a moment of reflection, it’s probably too late. Minimize your coulda-shoulda-wouldas. Here are nine things you should know before you go all in and start your business.
“The College Path Just Wasn’t Right for Me:” Mona Scott-Young Talks Gaining Success Without A Degree
“Having my children, raising my family and being in a committed relationship.”On balancing family and work:
“The balance of it is a juggling act everyday. It is something I’ve yet to master. I think there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything that I aspire to do in my career and spend every moment that I was love to spend with my family, so it definitely is a constant juggling act.”On skipping college:
“I was living on my own at a very early age and needed to work to pay rent and found that the college path just wasn’t right for me. You can go out there, work hard and accomplish and achieve your dreams. I was able to strike out and find my success and find my way through life on my own.”
“It’s a very fine line to walk. It’s very easily blurred at times. I always try to maintain a certain level of professionalism in my dealings with clients, but it’s very hard to not get personally involved with them. You grow to care for these people. They become part of your family. They do become extended family to you. It is a very, very fine line to walk.”On being perceived as “mean:”
“The people who really know me know that’s not the case. I can’t concern myself with what people who don’t know me have to say about me; because they’re coming to their conclusions from a very narrow perspective. Maybe I am mean in the pursuit of what it is that needs to be done. I try to maintain a reputation of doing good business and of being a good person to be in business with. So I hope that’s what people who are in business with me have to say. “On young women looking to make it in media:
“I just encourage people to never give up on those dreams; to never think that they can’t do or be something. We are all born on an equal playing field. I just think that we all need to recognize that the sky is the limit. Everyday that you get up, whatever it is that you aspire to do, go for it with everything you’ve got. Really, there is nothing to stop you but yourself.”
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first five years. The stats aren’t too encouraging, but there may be something you can do to give your new firm a fighting chance.
Want to give your small business a better chance of thriving? Move. Some cities are more small business-friendly according to a new report from credit card comparison website CardHub.
CardHub’s study examined the 30 largest metropolitan areas around the country and ranked each city’s small business work environment based on 10 criteria, including small business job growth, salaries for new hires, cost of living and stress index, reports The Huffington Post.
The list is surprising. Minneapolis and San Antonio, for example, beat out Los Angeles and Chicago to make the top 10. And bankrupt Detroit came in last out of all 30 cities.
Phoenix and Riverside, Calif., were among the cities with the fastest growing small business communities, but they ranked among the bottom 10 for work environment. Here are the top three:
Can lunch change your mood? It sure can, according to a new study shows that how you spend your midday break matters less than whether or not you have the choice to lunch on your own terms, reports The Huffington Post.
In other words, the best lunch break is one in which you decide how to spend it. Don’t let your job dictate that you lunch at your desk when you really want to take a break outdoors, for example. “Need for autonomy is a fundamental psychological need, and past research shows that a feeling of autonomy is energizing on its own,” study co-author Dr. Ivona Hideg, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business in Canada, explained The Huffington Post. “More specifically to lunch breaks, having autonomy over our lunch break activities gives us an opportunity to utilize our time in a way that suits us the best.”
The study surveyed 103 administrative workers at a large university, asking them how they spent their lunch breaks over a 10-day period, The Atlantic reported. Then, the researchers asked each person’s co-workers how tired that person seemed to be by the end of each work day.
“We found that a critical element was having the freedom to choose whether to [work through lunch] or not,” study co-author Dr. John Trugakos, associate professor in the department of management at the University of Toronto, wrote. “The autonomy aspect helps to offset what we had traditionally thought was not a good way to spend break time.”
There were some common links between lunchtime activities and levels of fatigue. If you participate in relaxing activities during lunch that you personally choose, it may lead to the least amount of reported fatigue at the end of the day. Doing work during lunch may result in appearing more tired. This is reduced when the choice to work was your own personal decision. Surprisingly, socializing during lunch may actually lead to higher levels of fatigue if you’re with people you can’t necessarily be yourself with, such as certain co-workers or your boss.
This study will be published in the October issue of the Academy of Management Journal.