Creating Work / Life Balance - Is It Really Possible?

Written by Fabe Keily

With the increase of Burnout and major health issues amongst Working Women, it’s time to look at how we can do something  to prevent it!

Currently in Australia the incidence of burnout amongst Working Women is on the increase and becoming a major issue for women, particularly in the Corporate sector.

Recently released statistics from the National Heart Foundation show that four times as many women are now dying of heart disease than they do of breast cancer, but not many people know.  More women in Australia are now dying from heart disease than men.  The big question is Why???  There appears to be twomajor contributing factors.

WORK: Financial pressure in the home means that women are now required to work full-time just to be able to pay the weekly expenses as compared with previous generations.  Women from previous generations were able to stay home with the children, and their partners weekly wage would be enough to cover the food, the mortgage, the electricity, the phone and a little bit left over for some minor luxuries.  This is creating pressure on women’s health and relationships.

LIFE: Women by nature are nurturers and will put themselves last when it comes to making time for themselves.  Everyone else normally gets looked after first, and if there is time or finances to provide some well-earned time out, only then will this happen.  In unexpected circumstances, the first item on the list or on the time schedule to go will be whatever relates to the woman.Again…this is creating pressure on women’s health and relationships.

The solution:
It’s time the women of the world realise, like Oprah...that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  After being on the verge of burnout, Oprah now makes a point of planning into her hectic schedule…time for herself.  These appointments are not-negotiable and enable her to create the work / life balance she needs for her own wellbeing.  Just like Oprah…we need to plan time in our hectic days or weeks to take time out and invest in ourselves.  I know what you’re thinking…I don’t have time!  I’m here to tell you that if you don’t make the effort NOW, you’ll pay for it LATER!  Either with your finances, your health or your relationships!

No-one ever went to their grave wishing they spent more time at work, which enforces more than ever the fact that There’s More to Life than Work!  The co-creator and author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield  has released his own book titled “The Success Principles”, in which he shares his secrets of success.  The first chapter covers in detail the first principle of success which is “Taking 100% Responsibility for your Life” and reinforces the fact that we can’t afford to make excuses.

One organisation Making a Difference in Australia has declared 2010 as “The Year of No Regrets!”  They are called What Working Women Want and their passion is empowering Working Women to create the work / life balance we all need.  We all know deep down that we need to make time for ourselves, however life seems to get in the way!    For more information see www.whatworkingwomenwant.com

In life I’ve found that there are three major things that influence who we are and what we are able to achieve.  They are our Environment, our Experiences and our Education.  These three main areas are simple to affect…

Environment: Plan time into your day or your week for yourself.  Apart from life threatening situations, this appointment needs to be kept (NO EXCUSES).   Place the same importance on this as you would a doctors appointment or a hair appointment (especially when the greys are showing through!)  Surround yourself with women and men who will support your goals and dreams and who have the strength to tell you when things are getting out of balance.

Experiences: Be willing to get outside your comfort zone and experience positive things you’ve never experienced before.  Things that will empower you to enjoy life and help others.This can be anything from learning salsa dancing, to going skydiving, to going to church,to volunteering at a homeless shelter.  You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes, when we refuse to let fear or uncertainty stop us from doing things that can empower us for the future.

Education: Two of the most significant human needs, are the need to grow (learn) and the need to contribute. Plan to spend time, effort and finances educating yourself in things that will empower you to achieve the things you want in life and be the person you want to be.  There are lots of great Events available for little to no cost that will help you refocus on yourgoals and dreams!  Always be willing to share this knowledge with others as often as you can and if youincrease your finances as a result, then be willing to share it with those who are less fortunate.

“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who DARED BELIEVE that something INSIDE THEM was superior to circumstance!”  Join with us in declaring 2010 “The Year of No More Excuses” and put in place a plan to create the Work / Life balance you desire!


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