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Working Mom Tip: Don’t Pursue Balance Pursue Work Life Integration

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This blog does two things. It shares my journey as a working mom and provides my sisters in the struggle with tips about how to better manage their responsibilities as working moms and how to lead better, more productive, and more satisfying lives. 

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 

  1. Make trade-offs: dropping my preschooler off at school once a week or taking that 5:30 p.m. call from the car.
  2. Declare priorities: getting home for dinner knowing there will be a little late night email.
  3. Ask for help: thank goodness for meal delivery services and handyman companies.
  4. Breathe: which works for my toddler and it works for me too!

To read the article in Working Mothers Magazine, click here. 

This post first appeared on Chaton's World: A Working Mom's Quest For Balance, please read the originial post: here

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Working Mom Tip: Don’t Pursue Balance Pursue Work Life Integration


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