I hope our children take a piece of us both, but mostly, when they reflect on their childhood, I want them to perceive it as laden with opportunities and support, and less of their parents vicariously living through them.
Ensuring flexible work schedules that allow employees to maintain the work-life balance they need, while also permitting businesses to meet the demands of a challenging economy, is an important balance that our stakeholders strive every day to get right.
I've always been a list person, but my sanity (and the survival of my family) became dependent on my "Three Lists" at the beginning of this academic school year. When I forgot to pick up my son. On the first day of school. When I had already picked up my daughter from that very same place.
So stop trying to fit in those last-minute emails before heading out the door. Get in the car earlier than you have to. Don't put yourself in the situation of having to come up with excuses for being late. Instead, be known as someone who is always on time. And watch your life change as a result.
Divorced parents new to the ambiance of divorce situations would do well to learn from the mistakes of others. Those who feel they have made mistakes needn't unnecessarily blame themselves when there's so much to do to remedy situations in the new year.
Get to know yourself. When are you most successful with completing things? What works for you? Are you more productive at a certain time of day? Are there things that you find particular motivating? Who are your cheerleaders? Who will hold you accountable?
When a lot of people love our children and want more time with them, how do we manage the challenges without creating friction and jealousy? With the current rates of separation and divorce, young families may have four-plus households of grandparents.
Starting an online local business isn't easy. You've got to build your website from the ground up, fill it with content, check for technical glitches and ultimately, launch it to the public. And the work doesn't end with your grand opening.
Have you tested your work ethic lately? Having a solid work ethic is about far more than how long you sit at your desk. When I work with people to help grow their careers, they often begin by telling me that they have a good work ethic.
If you are feeling stressed, overcommitted and worn down, I am going to encourage you to take a look at your schedule and, more importantly, how often you are saying "yes" to things out of obligation, guilt or fear.
Meetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. I've yet to see a résumé -- and I hope I never do -- that lists "attends meetings well" as a skill. Yet attending meetings ends up being a key component of many jobs. And it's stupid.
Our full-time jobs require our presence at frequent early morning and late evening events, plus occasional weekends. All of our extended family lives a plane ride away, and paying for a nanny --- not in our budget! We get by by making significant sacrifices to our careers and our pocketbook.
For five years, VA leadership under Secretary Shinseki apparently continued doing the same things over and over in order to achieve a different outcome. And for five years, President Obama has supported the same secretary who continues to do the same things over and over.
I help my Schedule Makeover time coaching clients break down multi-step activities into lists so that they can move forward on them without feeling overwhelmed. As a special gift to you, I'm sharing my personal travel check list, including bonus tips for international trips. Bon voyage!
Children benefit from having a wide variety of activities including reading, playing games, solving puzzles, doing creative projects, building with construction toys, listening to music and being active outdoors.