Can you have it all? Yes, if you prioritize your journey across the winding road of life as you traverse career, family, friends, and other interests.
Achieving career aspirations can be all-encompassing, but you can excel in your profession and have a more fulfilling life if you strike the right balance. The balance that is right for you. Mind you – you won’t always get it right, and you will excuse or forgive yourself later when you get it wrong. Why? You are human, and that’s OK.
Speaking from experience: As a young professional in a new role, I was invited to a conference call during the dinner hour. My parents had traveled from Iowa to Washington, D.C., to visit. They entertained themselves that day, looking forward to the evening with me. They patiently waited for my call to end. New in the role, I didn’t believe I could excuse myself.
Reality: I could have made the exception. The manager who orchestrated the call discovered what happened and apologized. We live and learn.
It’s all part of sorting out how we individually will achieve our work-life balance. How many times have you heard executives talk about that? Frequently, right?
Let’s be honest. You didn’t articulate your thoughts, but they probably went something like this: “Project A must be completed; Y can’t be dropped and there really isn’t time right now to break away.”
The truth is: As professionals we must prioritize. You sacrifice one piece of the equation to fulfill whatever is most important at the time. Those with great ambition and those of us who tend to be “pleasers” by nature – we know who we are – have a harder time than others in achieving balance.
Let me tell you it is possible to go to the beach, and still manage a project during a long weekend. Isn’t it better to go soak in the sun and enjoy the waves, even if you wander back to your room to take call, answer a question, and achieve an objective rather than miss the fun?