Work/Life

How do you balance work and life?

By the FORUM Magazine editors

FRM MayJun WorkLife

Work-life balance is extremely important to me! I make sure to schedule trips and spa days throughout the year. I go on date nights with my fiancé, spend quality time with my friends and family, read books and involve myself in anything that can be classified as “self-care.” I make sure to unplug as much as I can if I am on PTO or vacation, so I can focus on myself and my loved ones. This year I want to incorporate therapy and fitness to my self-care routine. Work-life balance is essential to overall physical, mental and spiritual health.

Monae Redmond, MBA, manager of member care at
Chicago Association of REALTORS®

I’ve had the good fortune of reporting to individuals throughout my career who stressed that my time away from the office is my own, something I repeat to myself (and my team) on a daily basis. I value this balance and am purposeful in disconnecting when I leave the office for the day by doing things I enjoy, like listening to a podcast, reading or taking a yoga class, to mentally shift gears.

Scott Brody, CAE, IOM, senior manager,
professional resources, Appraisal Institute

With constant access to email, it can be difficult to achieve a work-life balance; however, it is important to maintain a healthy balance. My motto is always to work smart and play on my strengths. Understand that not every task is equally important, and it is best to accomplish fewer things and do them to the best of your ability. I prioritize my day in an attempt to categorize tasks that may be important and urgent to be accomplished first. Most importantly—take time to make time and do something that is important to you.

Donna Malert, CAE,
director of governance and affiliate relations,
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

At the beginning of each year, I make a list of 20 professional goals I want to achieve. Then my wife and I make a list of 20 fun activities to complete as a family throughout the year. I write these down, pin it to a bulletin board in my office and cross off items as they are accomplished. This keeps my “to-do” list front and center and ensures that I’m able to keep things in perspective and devote the time I need to both my work life and my personal life. It also gives me something to look forward to in both areas of my life.

Brad Rysz, MBA, CAE,
director of marketing & communications,
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals

This has been an ongoing question with the advent of technology that blurs the lines. To me, we each have one life to manage: our own. We all do work on personal time, as I am now, and we all take personal time at work, be it taking calls, emails, texts from family and friends, purchasing that special gift for a friend or loved one at the holidays, etc. Each of us needs to establish and respect those boundaries that make sense for us as individuals. Like riding a bike, balance is scary at first, but with experience we learn to find the right balance that helps us go faster, safely.

D. Bradley Kent, senior vice president &
chief sales officer, VisitDallas

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