I am often asked, Ebony, how in the world do you do it all. What is the secret to work-life balance? I am going to tell you the secret. Are you ready for it? The secret is, there is no secret. First of all, I don’t do it all; no one does. Secondly, there is no such thing as work-life balance. Balance is unrealistic. Prioritization is the key. You determine priorities for your life. You don’t balance your life. Balance means that everything gets equal time. It doesn’t. I thank Marcia for sharing that with me and giving me the revelation that I should stop trying to balance and just prioritize and reprioritize when the time calls for it. For career women, we have to be okay with knowing that every once in a while, something will go undone…we just have to make sure that it is not one of our top priorities.
There are days that my house looks like a hurricane went through it. My son has worn the wrong shoes to school, and my daughter has managed to wear one black and one blue sock (by mistake) to school. I’ve even managed to send the kids to school without a lunch once or twice. It really isn’t the end of the world. I promise, the school will feed them and if they do not, the kids will be okay for a few hours.
All that said, there are definitely a few tricks of the trade to prioritizing life – try these 8 simple things to help prioritize it all.
You can do it. Prioritize and reprioritize.