How does She Do It? Creating Work/Life BalanceI am many things, there is not one thing that defines me. I am a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend and an executive. I have chosen to throw in the mix working mom because I enjoy my career. This is where I excel. But like with all choices, there are challenges. My largest challenge is struggling everyday to be fully present with my family and friends and creating a work/life balance. There always seems to be multi-tasking happening in my head: did I sign the permission slip, I need to return that email, Oh I have a great idea to implement at work, what we are having for dinner tomorrow, the girls outgrew their shoes again. The competing demands for things I want to do and things that just need to happen are always creating tension and stress. Five strategies I have learned to use manage these as best I can are: Amazon Prime. No sooner have I realized that the girls are out of toothpaste, that I am able to have it shipped to the house by the next day, for free. Hire others. I am good at a lot of things, cleaning the house and yard work are not my strong points. I learned to delegate at work, I do the same at home. Double batch cooking. I love to cook, but trying to get a healthy dinner on the table within 30 minutes of getting home from work is a challenge. When I cook, I try and make enough that will provide a couple of nights of leftovers or freeze portions for another time. Conference calls. Managing certain conference calls while doing the laundry or emptying the dishwasher. Mindless tasks with our hands that can be done while being brilliant on the phone. Multi-purpose lunches. I schedule lunch meetings in places that are convenient for other errands that need to be done. Need to pick up a prescription? I have lunch near the drugstore. Have dry cleaning to be dropped off? There is a great restaurant to meet a colleague next door. Everyday at work I look for ways to create efficiencies. How to do things smarter, faster, more cheaply. What can I stop doing because it isn’t adding value? What can I delegate to other team members? Bringing those valuable lessons home has helped to create some sanity and more time to spend in the areas I love. I am still learning everyday how to be fully present, but each of these strategies has helped me to get closer to my goal.