Recently, I read an inspiring article, “How to Succeed as a Working Mom? Forget Balance (and Do This Instead)” by from Melissa McDevitt Vice President in Diversity & Inclusion at Capital One discussing her own approach to succeeding at the working mom game.She says that she doesn’t strive for balance. Instead, she has created a life that incorporates her responsibilities as a mother and an executive. It is by living this integrated life that she has achieved satisfaction.
As I tell my clients, and those in the audience during presentations, work/life balance is a fiction. You have one life with many components. It is your responsibility to figure out how to make them all work together. Melissa’s piece had some good points. Check it out!
Four Personal Practices to Work/Life Integration from Melissa McDevitt
- Make trade-offs: dropping my preschooler off at school once a week or taking that 5:30 p.m. call from the car.
- Declare priorities: getting home for dinner knowing there will be a little late night email.
- Ask for help: thank goodness for meal delivery services and handyman companies.
- Breathe: which works for my toddler and it works for me too!
To read the article in Working Mothers Magazine, click here.