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Work/Life Balance?

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 23, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

What is work/life balance? It’s an interesting question, in this age of cell phones and digital everything. We are now issued a laptop on the first day at a new job. The first inclination is to say – “Great!” Wow, I must be important - I get to have a shiny new laptop. Some folks are even luckier – they are provided a company paid cell phone. How fortunate am I? Or, am I…

Now I can log in from home on the weekend. Great, catching up on email, or following up on that meeting I attended on Friday afternoon becomes so easy. With my cell phone, I can connect to my work email address, so I can check those emails all the time…waking up at night because I can’t sleep, I can check my email…before I go to bed after the news I can check email…while I eat breakfast I can check my email…at my grandson’s soccer game I can check my email…

We are all in this crazy working world for a good part of our adult life. We are caught up in the digital mayhem. We’ve got to find time to turn off…shut down…disconnect…find pleasure in watching a grandson’s game, or find the time to enjoy conversation with good friends – digital-free.

Here’s another example – I have the “Find Friends” app on my phone. It is definitely a nice way to keep close to my daughter. But…as a new attorney working in Manhattan, my daughter has this ingrained feeling that she needs to work long and hard to bill as much as she can each month. She leaves for work by 6:30 am each morning. She usually works through lunch, eating a protein bar at her desk. She is generally still at work when I check the app at 9:00 pm. And then, she continues to work when she gets home while her dinner is cooking. Work/Life balance? In my opinion, not even close…

What does our employer expect? Is it reasonable? What do we expect of ourselves? Are we being reasonable? Do we need to overachieve in today’s job market just to survive? How can we satisfy our own work/life balance and still stay competitive, happy and satisfied? What do you think?



Marie Tamala, CDFA is an Associates and the Data/Project Analyst at Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis, MN. 

She currently serves as the 2019-2020 SDA National Vice-President.






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Sarah Wallace, FSDA, LEED Green Associate says...
Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Great blog Marie! I wholeheartedly agree! Technostress seems to be burning everyone out even earlier in their careers while the Federal retirement age continues to be extended.
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Marsha Witherspoon, CDFA says...
Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2019
This is great Marie. I agree it's difficult to achieve work-life balance. We have to learn to prioritize work and family needs. Be sure to schedule time for something you love - family, exercise, etc.
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Nikki Pierce, CDFA, LEED AP BD+C says...
Posted Thursday, October 17, 2019
Thank you, Marie. My son is pushing against 16 yrs old ...soon a driver's permit and part time job will occupy his time. For now, I turn off my work phone and email when I leave the office. My time with him will change soon and I want and need to see him and be present while I can.
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