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07/16/07
Work-Life, Family Life, Professional and Continous Learning Balance
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 4:23 pm

As professionals, we deal with feeling
off-balance when we devote too much
time and attention to one aspect of our
lives or another.  One of the strongest
motivators that many people strive for
in fact is some element of control of
that work-life/family balance.  That
“balance” is not static either.

Our careers commonly absorb at least
70% of our waking time and support
the framework and wherewithall to
participate in the other realms of our
lives (family, friends, professional
career, and avocations).  So, much
attention is focused on ‘work-life issues.’

Several people have studied my
participation in things as being calm,
focused, making strides where my passions
lie, keeping fresh, and expressing things
(even negative things) with positive spin.

This is not accidental.  It is based on defining
life’s activities that yield a “flow”.  David Houle
has his definition of life flows.  Marci Taub
writes about it as “Getting ahead by slowing
down.”  Sandi Epstein describes it has a process
of continuous learning where you work on
yourself to move in positive directions in all
ways.  What I like that she highlights are
   have and share the joy of it all (say ‘thank
you’ and feel and know how to take
compliments)
   live and revisit your core values
   know your best (creative and productive)
times and (creative and productive) activities
   learn your signs of imbalance, resentment,
fatigue, dissatisfaction, etc.

An appropriate analogy is that individuals feel
comfortable when they are ‘in balance.’  They
can deal with a little “imbalance” or
‘perturbation’, when they know it will be
short duration or they know the corrective
mechanism(s).  What drives individuals
into “tilt” is when the imbalance is beyond
a ”tipping point” or persists for too long.

So, as one assesses a first job, mid-career
shift, mature life realignment or all the
adjustments we all go through as a result
of families, friends and avocations consider
continuously learning yours and your
significant others’ imbalances and tipping
points.
 

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