How women in business can achieve work-life balance
Achieving work-life balance as a woman in business can be challenging, but it is possible by following these tips from successful businesswomen:
1. Optimize tasks for maximum productivity
Maintain open communication with your employer and colleagues to set realistic expectations for both your professional and personal life. Prioritize crucial assignments and delegate when necessary to make the most of your workday. Set strict working hours and optimize your workflow for maximum productivity.
2. Prioritize health and self-care
Ensure that you take care of yourself, physically and mentally, by incorporating self-care practices into your daily routine. Prioritize health by eating a plant-centric diet, avoiding sugar, and finding time for exercise to manage stress and keep your energy up.
3. Reject the Wonder Woman myth
Stop believing in the idea of juggling it all and embrace multi-tasking, managing stress, and teaching your kids to be self-sufficient early. Let go of the guilt and focus on being a present and effective parent and professional.
4. Incorporate family into work life
Fold your kids into your work life by keeping them close by when they are little and involving them in your business as they grow older. Remind yourself that it is valuable for your kids to witness your self-drive and dedication.
5. Design your work-life on your own terms
Let go of trying to achieve an unrealistic 50/50 split in work-life balance and instead, embrace work-life design by developing and living by your own expectations. Use human-centered design principles to create an intentional strategy that is most important for you and your family.
6. Value a supportive company culture
Seek out a company culture that embraces and supports parents, offering flexibility for working from home and respecting family commitments.
7. Set specific goals and a time frame
Create specific goals and a time frame for achieving those goals to ensure that you are dedicating enough time to your professional and personal life.
8. Adopt a life-first business approach
Fit your business around your life and family first by creating processes and systems that can flexibly adapt when life inevitably happens.
9. Be fully present at both work and home
Practice mindfulness to fully focus on work when at work and fully focus on your family when at home. Set healthy and consistent boundaries to protect your family time.
10. Seek work-life harmony, not balance
Embrace flexibility and be present in the moment to navigate your responsibilities with greater ease. Recognize that you don’t need to do it all alone and seek support when necessary.