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Time Management: Balancing Work and Life

Time Management: Balancing Work and Life

Warren Wyostek

Whether you know it or not, you already have a strategy for handling your life. But is it a conscious strategy? Do you feel in control of your life? Begin to take control to be the CEO of your life by learning to manage your flexstyle.

  • I don’t really have big walls around either of them (work and family). If something big is going on, one tends to bleed over into the other. That’s just the way my life is.

    - “Haley,” Infocom employee

Flexstyles: The Good and Bad Ways We Manage Relationships Between Work and Personal Life

Whether you know it or not, you already have a strategy for handling your life. But is it a conscious strategy? Do you feel in control of your life? Do you have a meaningful understanding of what is driving your work and life relationships and how this feeds into day-to-day well-being for yourself and those with whom you regularly live and interact?

Or maybe you are like Haley. You know that you experience ongoing tension between your job and personal life, but you’re not sure what the root causes of these tensions are. You just know they exist and are always there. You didn’t know that there is any other way of living.

Although you probably have access to some work-family or flexibility policies offered by your employer, they don’t seem to be helping you make your work and family demands mesh better. They aren’t meeting your needs. Sure, you may have a great job—on paper at least. Maybe even a graduate degree and a house with a picket fence (or a cool rent-free apartment with an imaginary one). You have a partner you love living with, a pet, and maybe even a child or two. Or if you are single, you may yearn for this kind of family some day. But why aren’t you happy? Why are you always feeling stressed and overloaded? Why isn’t your life the way you dreamed it would be? Why can’t you stop thinking about work when you are supposed to be relaxing? And why are you always bombarded with nonwork stuff to handle when you actually want to be focusing on your job? Why do you feel like you lack control over your life?

The answer, for many of us, is perhaps you haven’t understood that you have developed a flexstyle. If you are like most people, your current approach just evolved over time through a series of ad hoc (and sometimes not optimal) choices. Would you like to know whether there is a better way?


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