Girlfriend Advice: Work-Life Balance

Sue Glew, Best Friend Errand ServiceGirlfriend – do you struggle with your work-life balance?

(Or am I the only one?!) Actually, if you don’t, then you need to leave your girlfriend advice in the comments. If you do try to multi-task your life, you – like me, may feel like all the things you’re juggling might crash down around you any minute. Between kids, partners, parents, jobs, volunteering, taking care of a home and the people in it, trying to find time to exercise, and all the other responsibilities we face, I feel pretty safe guessing that you have times where work + life ? balance.

Fortunately, we have a great girlfriend to share her wisdom when it comes to this trying topic of time management and managing our crazy lives. Thanks to girlfriend SUE GLEW for this guest blog. (And, check out her interview with us on our BlogTalkRadio show!)

The Balancing Act – Work-Life Balance, by Sue Glew, Best Friend Errand Service

What is it?: Definition – For every person work-life balance has a unique formula and definition. We all have 24 hours in each day, but we each find our own way to spend that time.  We have work, sleep, family, friends, activities, entertainment, etc. The key is that we find comfort in the way we allocate our time.

Who needs it?
Many think that only married people with kids need to find a work-life balance, but if you work and if you have a life you need balance. Interestingly, it appears that different generations have different ways to value and prioritize it.

Those among us who are baby boomers probably grew up with a hardworking family that worked all day and came home at night and spent time doing family things. Work was work and family was family and rarely would the two meet. Now, we are often under the impression that the Gen X people don’t work as hard and all they do is spend time on their blackberry even when they are at their child’s ball game or out to lunch with friends. In fact, they are just trying to balance work and life and they are managing them so that they may overlap. Work and life are sharing the day.

How do you get it? You have to ask for it! I had a college professor who once said “You don’t get what you don’t ask for”. That may be all I remember from that class, but it was an important lesson.  The key here is that you have to decide who to ask.

Here is my simple list (in order) of who to ask:
1.   Yourself – what can you change to bring balance? (re-arrange your schedule, eliminate some commitments, delegate or outsource tasks, etc)
2.    Your employer – Do they offer any options for flexibility? (job sharing, flex hours, tele-commuting, concierge services, etc.)
3.   Your friends and family – Do they have time to share/spare? Can you: arrange meals together where each does half of the cooking, carpool to work or activities, work together in the yard. It may not be your idea of a great time, but anything you do with a friend makes it more fun and adds balance to your life.

Nobody said life is easy and the same holds true for finding the perfect balance between work and life. Just remember the key is to find comfort in your day and friends and family to help you along the way!

Sue Glew, Best Friend Errand Service, Lands End contestSue Glew is an entrepreneur, a wife, a mother and an overall busy and happy woman. Her concierge company, Best Friend Errand Service, has been the ultimate in work, life and friendship balance. She works with individuals and businesses (for their employees, etc.) to make their lives better and more balanced by her services, staff and knowledge. (Shown here, Sue and her team won the Land’s End Business Outfitters Team Makeover Contest!)

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  1. says

    What a great post!! I couldn’t agree more. As a mom, wife, friend, and trying to start a new business… I search every day for that formula which balances work and life. Have yet to find it..but being able to flow with change does help. When I find the happy medium I will be happy to share!

  2. says

    I remember a professor saying once that “I don’t have time” actually means “I have better things to do with my time” because we all have the same 24 hours, and we all have to decide how to use them.
    I really like your advice about taking charge of your life balance. Maybe you love working 12 hours a day, or maybe you’d rather spend more time with your family or on your hobbies, but if you don’t take the time to figure that out then make an effort to achieve it, it’s unlikely to happen.
    Thank you.

  3. says

    Thanks Colleen and Erin for your comments. This is such a tough thing to do in real life. It is a good reminder to evaluate what matters to us and then prioritize our schedule accordingly. That said, I better go make my To Do list and get busy working on it! Thanks again – Debba

  4. says

    My blog URL says it all for me! I’m a single mama who loves her daughter very much! However, between work, school, sports, and a new home, I wish I had the time! But that’s a good point that Colleen posted about I don’t have time meaning I have better things to do with my time. It’s true! We as a society are so much more busy than our ancestors because we have two working parents, not just the one and we feel that our kids have to do everything we didn’t get the chance to do, so we are cramming it all on them. I’ve had to tell my daughter that she does one sport activity at a time, plus she is in the Girl Scouts. I would love to just have time to say, no, I’ll do that later. lol. Later ends up equalling 20 things to do instead of 10! I would love to hear more from everyone else on what they do.


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