The Modern Balancing Act: Achieving Work-Life Balance
April 28, 2022
Tired of teetering out of control? Do you feel overwhelmed by your work, home and family responsibilities? Are you frequently stressed because you can’t get everything done? If your life seems like a circus: juggling work, home and family responsibilities – you’re not alone. Many people just like you feel like their life is leading them, instead of them leading a purpose-driven life and choosing where they spend their time. So, who’s running the show? Is it your smartphone, your laptop, your boss – or you? If your answer is something else than you it’s time to get back in the driver’s seat!
Life balance is a buzzword these days for good reason. It’s a chronic issue that comes up in conversation because quite simply, life has become harder to manage. With email, smartphones and everything else demanding our attention, it’s no wonder we get bogged down in to-do lists and at the end of the day, we don’t know where the time went. We’re expected to work faster and more efficiently, plus we’re more accessible than ever because of new technology that allows us to work or communicate from anywhere. Information comes at us faster than ever and this trend shows no sign of stopping.
The problem with your life being out of balance is:
· You’re not focusing your attention and time where you want to, and not living the life you want to live.
· It feels like your life is on autopilot; like someone else is driving the bus and you are not in control.
· When you feel pressured to handle so many tasks and have so many demands on your time, you lose creative thinking and effectiveness – not to mention becoming physically exhausted.
The flip side of this issue is we all want greater fulfillment in our lives and careers than ever before. It’s no longer acceptable to punch a time clock at the same job for our whole lives and wait until retirement to have fun. We want fulfillment and balance now. I’ve noticed through my career coaching practice that, while people are craving greater balance, they are having more trouble achieving it.
So what can you do to create balance in your life today? Here are some tips:
Step One: Make a list of the different areas of your life where you’re not spending as much time and energy as you’d like. For example, if you’ve lost touch with friends and family or aren’t connecting with them as frequently as you want to, put that down. Come up with at least three areas that need work in terms of your time and attention.
In each of these three areas, identify one action step you can take in the next week to improve upon that area. Will you make a commitment to call one friend in the next week or spend time with at least one family member? Make the action step simple, realistic and give yourself a deadline. Taking one step in each of these areas will create greater balance in your life. Continue to do this every week until you develop a habit of attending to the areas of your life that are important to you.
Step Two: Learn to balance work and personal time. If work is one of those areas that’s taking over your life, try some of these techniques to better manage your work time and attention.
· Turn off your smartphone and/or email when you need focused time to work on a project.
· Set your email settings to only check emails when you press send/receive, not every time an email comes through. Some inboxes also have the option to “pause” your inbox until you are ready to see new emails. Having the email buzz at you whenever you receive a new message is incredibly distracting.
· Turn off your voicemail or email chime on your phone. Make a commitment to only check your voicemail and email twice a day at certain times.
· Prioritize your tasks on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Consciously choose where you focus your time and energy.
· Plan ahead. When you know a big project is coming up, plan for how you need to spend your time and delegate other tasks as necessary. Don’t wait for crunch time to rearrange your priorities.
· Set boundaries. For example, decide how late you are willing to stay at work each night and how frequently this will happen. Before you dive into a task, determine how much time you can and will spend on that task. Set a goal for yourself, you’ll be more likely to achieve it.
Your action steps don’t have to be complicated; they simply require time for self-reflection and a true commitment to implement. When you create greater balance in your life you will experience greater fulfillment, effectiveness and productivity. You will be less stressed and won’t get sick as often. And most importantly, you’ll be leading the life you want to lead!
We hope this is helpful to you!
The career coaches at HallieCrawford.com
Hallie has been a certified career coach, speaker, author, and national career expert since 2002. Her company, Create Your Career Path, is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She is regularly featured in the media (Forbes, CNN, Money magazine, WSJ) and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois. With over 2,000 success stories, her team of coaches and resume writers help professionals find jobs that make them want to jump out of bed in the morning to go to work. Their website is www.createyourcareerpath.com.
Time Management in a New Era
June 4, 2021
Written by: Hallie Crawford, MA, CPCC
Certified Career Coach and Founder of Create Your Career Path Career Coaching
As the coronavirus pandemic starts to slow, businesses have a brand new challenge of figuring out how to handle in some cases bringing people back to the office/field, letting them work remotely or a hybrid model. This can make professionals feel overwhelmed with how to manage their time. For example, managing work from home can be easier said than done. It's far too easy to get caught up in day-to-day professional activities and never take a break. Or it can seem hard to find time to get any work done while at home with your family or partners! Then layer on managing a schedule at home one week, in person another week or any combination of this, it's even harder to set up an effective daily structure.
Here are two ways we suggest you work on improving your time management, and six steps you can take to manage that extra long to do list.
Assess your current work-life balance. In order to know what improvements you may need to make, it's important to determine your current status. Think about categories such as your family, friends, health and work and how satisfied you currently feel in those areas. You can use our free Work-Life Balance Wheel to help you with this exercise. What changes would you like to make for greater work-life balance?
Set boundaries. Think about your current work schedule and boundaries that you could set according to your industry and situation. Will you answer work emails after 7 p.m.? Will you work on weekends? Do you need a quiet area in the house for certain hours during the day to focus on important tasks and projects? Talk to your household about how you can better respect each other’s schedules. Then be proactive about respecting the boundaries you have set.
Next, if you're feeling overwhelmed by your extra long to do list and don't know where to start, here’s an easy checklist that you can use to separate and organize your long list of tasks effectively. I use this with my clients when they’re struggling with time management during their career transition.
Step One: Make a list of everything you have on your plate to do, for today, tomorrow, even the month ahead. It's OK if it's long.
Step Two: Prioritize your list based on what’s urgent and what isn't.
Step Three: Break it down into manageable chunks by categorizing each task based on type of task: Admin, Financial, Sales, etc. Decide what items are highest priority each day and need to be tackled first. As you are prioritizing tasks each day, you can narrow down your to do list based on what you can...
2. Say no to
3. Say yes to (like saying yes to getting help cleaning your garage, finding a babysitter for help with your kids, etc.)
4. Put off until later – schedule tasks for later in the month or year if they're not urgent.
Step Four: Categorize your tasks like this every week to keep your list manageable.
Step Five: Place these categories somewhere accessible. I keep this list in a folder on my desk that's always there when I need it.
Step Six: Time block: Especially when you're working remotely, it's important to block out your time in terms of what tasks you will perform at what times of day and days of the week. Decide when you are at your best for the hardest tasks, when you will check your email and when you'll work on specific projects. Take breaks! Schedule those in, as well as time to connect with co-workers, etc. for social interaction.
Contact us for a complimentary consultation to get more assistance with your career needs and goals.
Hallie is a certified career coach, speaker, author, and national career expert with over 21 years of experience. Her company, Create Your Career Path, is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She is regularly featured in the media (Forbes, CNN, Money magazine, WSJ) and has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois. With over 1,500 success stories, her team of coaches and resumé writers help professionals find jobs that make them want to jump out of bed in the morning to go to work. Her website is www.halliecrawford.com.
Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine
November 30, 2020
As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine, the AAIV Board of Directors has unanimously decided to offer two scholarships for the Purdue Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion. This program is designed for veterinarians and veterinary technicians who want to build inclusive work environments that are welcoming to clients. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians will earn 9 continuing education credits upon certificate completion. At the end of this program, the professional will have a better understanding of diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine and how to apply that knowledge in their personal and professional lives. In addition to certification and continuing education credits, the recipients will be given the opportunity to write an article for a future AAIV newsletter and contribute to our AAIV blog posts throughout the year as they apply their learning at work and at home.
Information on the program can be found here: https://vet.purdue.edu/humancenteredvetmed/professionals.php.
AAIV members with a current membership and who would like to apply for the scholarships should research the program and send a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2020.
In Memoriam: John W. Paul
November 24, 2020
JOHN W. PAUL DVM, MS, age 86 passed away peacefully on October 29, 2020 after a more than 20-year challenge of Parkinson’s disease. John (or Bill as he was known in his early years) was born in Livonia NY to Ralph W. and Hazel M. (Collins) Paul and grew up in Bloomfield NY.
He attended the Bloomfield Central School and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Business/Marketing. John served in the US Army and continued his education at the Ohio State University earning both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters in Clinical Pharmacology. John had a long and distinguished career in Animal Health, including the development of Panacur® and Regu-Mate® for horses. He retired from Hoechst Roussel Vet headquartered in Somerville NJ in 1998 before moving to Canandaigua NY.
John was active in several professional organizations including AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners), where he served as Treasurer, AAVPT and AVMA. While in college, John drove the starting gate at Vernon Downs (NY). Later he owned and raced two Standardbred horses, Tippecanoe and Herald N.
John’s move to Canandaigua brought him back to his roots. He served on the Board of the Ontario County Historical Society and was a member of Canandaigua Scientific. In 2014, he and his niece Patricia White Talley published A Genealogical Study of the American Paul/Paull Family.
John’s passion was not limited to professional pursuits and horses. He put his business and marketing skills to work leading successful fundraisers reflecting his love of history and art. These include Canandaigua Artists Past and Present, Art of our Faiths and the juried show Women Artists of the Finger Lakes. Each of these was more successful than the one before with proceeds supporting his Church.
John’s most significant contribution was founding the Parkinson Support Group of the Finger Lakes (PSGFL) in 2008. This group has grown from 12 Canandaigua members to serve hundreds of PD patients/caregivers in 8 New York counties. PSGFL will continue to expand its support of the PD community in John’s memory.
John is survived by his wife of 31 years Patricia Pidgeon Smith, son John Cameron Paul, two grandchildren, a great-grandson, brother-in-law Walter P. Pidgeon Jr., sister-in-law Susan W. Pidgeon, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, four sisters: Lucille (Kenneth) Sanderson, Marian (Robert) White, Jeanette (Leonard) Wesley and Thelma (Lewis) Buckman, niece Nancy Boylan and nephew Leonard Wesley Jr.
Our gratitude to the staff at Bridges of Mendon for their wonderful care of John. We look forward to a celebration of John’s life in Spring/Summer 2021 when weather and pandemic safety should be more favorable.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Support Group of the Finger Lakes (PSGFL), PO Box 131, Canandaigua NY 14424 or the First Congregational Church, 58 North Main Street, Canandaigua NY 14424. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., Canandaigua. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.
Call for Nominations: House Advisory Committee
November 23, 2020
Written by: Debra Nickelson, DVM, MBA
AAIV Alt. Delegate to the AVMA HOD
Nominations are now being accepted for one At-Large position on the House Advisory Committee (HAC). The position carries a three-year term, beginning at the close of the HOD Regular Annual Session in July 2021. The responsibilities of HAC members include:
1. Consider all developments relating to veterinary medicine from a long-range viewpoint, be alert to the changing needs for and demands on the entire profession, and make recommendations to the House of Delegates and the Board of Directors as to how these changing conditions can best be met for the overall welfare of the profession;
2. Act in a leadership capacity to the House of Delegates on all matters referred to the House of Delegates reference committees;
3. Make a detailed study of the reports from the AVMA councils and committees in advance of the annual session and make recommendations to the House of Delegates on such reports;
4. Meet sufficiently in advance of each session so that its recommendations can be prepared for presentation to the delegates prior to or at the time the House of Delegates convenes;
5. Review and approve the credentials of candidates for President-Elect, Vice President, councils, the House Advisory Committee, and, when necessary, the President;
6. In the event that the office of President-Elect or Vice President becomes vacant, appoint a qualified voting member of the Association to assume those respective duties until the next election; and
7. Act as the Bylaws committee for the House of Delegates.
The deadline for receipt of HAC nominations is May 1, 2021. Nomination materials, including the nomination form, a one-two page resume, and a completed Campaign Guide Form with photo may be emailed to OfficeEVP@avma.org. Because HAC candidates will give a two minute speech to the HOD during the HOD Annual Session in July 2021, they are not required to create a campaign video, unless desired. Or if the meeting is virtual, candidates must submit a video.
Interested candidates should submit the attached nomination materials (HAC Nomination Form and HAC Campaign Guide Form), along with a resume and photo, by the May 1 deadline. The forms are also located on the House Advisory Committee Volunteers page of the AVMA website (click for forms).
Veterinary Profession Looks to Change Storyline on Diversity & Inclusion
November 23, 2020
Written by: Tangela Williams, DVM & Meg Conlon, DVM
The October 21st, 2020 Time Magazine headline -- “Pet Owners are Diverse, Veterinarians are Not“ – was blunt, but the numbers don’t lie. More than 85% of veterinary professional identify as white, while only 1-2% identify as black/African American, 3% as Hispanic/Latino, 2% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1% as Native American. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Neither do pet owners or veterinary professionals own experiences which can be embarrassing, lonely and demoralizing. Perhaps most disturbing -- the percentage of black veterinarians has declined since 2016. (Time Magazine) That decline tells us change requires consistent work across the profession including veterinary associations, universities, industry partners, and individuals.