WORK LIFE BALANCE
Having a work-life balance is what everyone is after these days. Career. Kids. Networking events. Social calendar. Relationships. Friends. Fitness. How is someone supposed to fit it all in? Here’s my answer: You don’t.
A work-life balance isn’t a balance at all. It’s a work-life priority. What’s important to you? What important to you as an employee, friend, wife, mom, and self? Some of us are driven to climb a career ladder so we attend 3 after-hours networking events each week. Some of us have children who are involved in extracurriculars and we want to be their biggest fan. Some of us want to get in a 45-minute run for various purposes. Others want to grab drinks after work with friends. The beauty of it all? You get to choose what you do.
Notice I didn’t say we need to climb the career ladder. Or we need to take our kids everywhere. Or we need to run for 45 minutes (or do we?). How you prioritize your calendar and what fits into it is up to you. There is not guilt or shame in prioritizing one over the other. And as a community we need to not exude guilt or shame on others who choose different than us.
Maybe some of this work-life prioritization requires us to wake up 30 minutes earlier to read a couple of chapters or have a cup of coffee. Maybe it requires us to simply say no to other invites, or maybe it requires us to have a late-night phone call with a friend each Wednesday. Choose what’s important to you, make it a priority, and know that you don’t need to do it all. Do what’s important for you to be the best you.
Ashley Hunt specializes in public affairs, social and digital media, and event management. Ashley also serves on several community and local boards and commissions. She serves on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and is a board member for 50-50 in 2020, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, issue-neutral organization dedicated to achieving political equity for women in Iowa. Additionally, she currently serves on the Downtown Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s LEAP Series Advisory Council.