Special Guest on the
Leader's Lab Podcast
Karen Clark Salinas is passionate about coaching working moms of school-age kids to strengthen their power to make changes at home and work, so their goals and dreams don’t get lost in a crazy busy life.
Motherhood, marriage, chronic illness, divorce, and blended families contribute significantly to her story.
A work-life professional, working parent, and coach, Karen’s been featured on podcasts such as Onward Podcast, The Updraft Podcast, Summit for Wellness, Love Your Life Show, and Wake Up and Be Awesome and in Scary Mommy and Filter Free Parents.
It's no secret that the past year has been tough on everyone. We've all had to readjust our expectations and find new ways to cope with the challenges of the pandemic. For working women, this has meant trying to juggle full-time jobs with homeschooling, child care, and housework. It's been a lot to manage, and as a result, many of us have found our work-life balance seriously out of whack.
But it doesn't have to be this way!
Karen Clark Salinas is sharing in this week's podcast episode the way to rebalance our wellbeing for better work-life (see below).
Redefining Work-Life Balance in 2023
Even though we're still in 2022, there's no time like the present to start preparing for the next year (I mean, seriously...Christmas is only 74 days away!) In fact, 2023 is the perfect time to hit the reset button and redefine what work-life balance means for you. Here are three tips to help you get started.
1. Get clear on your priorities.
The first step to achieving work-life balance is getting clear on your priorities. Once you know what's important to you, it's easier to make decisions that align with your goals. For example, if your priority is spending time with your family, you might choose to leave work early to pick up your kids from school.
Work-life balance is a personal choice, and there's no one right way to achieve it. What works for one person might not work for another.
- What is most important to you?
- What do you want to achieve in your career? In your personal life?
It's important to be clear about your priorities in life, so that you can make choices accordingly and set boundaries accordingly. If you're not clear about your priorities, it's easy to get caught up in things that aren't really important to you, and to let other people's priorities dictate your choices.
Once you know what's important to you, it's much easier to set boundaries around those things.
2. Set boundaries—and stick to them!
Once you have a clear understanding of what's most important to you, you can begin to set some limits. It's important to be realistic when setting boundaries and to consider what you can and cannot realistically commit to.
Keep in mind that it's okay to say no sometimes, even if it means disappointing someone else.
It is also important to be clear and concise when communicating your boundaries to others. This ensures that they are aware of your expectations and limits, and helps to prevent misunderstandings or conflict.
When setting boundaries, it is also important to be respectful and considerate of others' needs and feelings.
If you want to spend more time with your family, set limits on how much work you're willing to bring home with you. If you're determined to advance in your career, make a commitment to putting in the extra hours at the office that will align with your goals without experiencing burnout.
The key is to be intentional about how you're spending your time and make sure that your actions align with your goals.
And remember to be flexible because when you're setting boundaries, your plan may not always go as expected. That's OK! The key is to be flexible and open to adjusting as needed.
3. Make self-care a priority.
One of the most important things to remember is that you can't pour from an empty cup.
In order to take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. This means making time for yourself, doing things that make you happy, and filling your own cup so that you can then go out and help others.
Self-care is so important, and it doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. Just set aside a few minutes each day for things like exercise, relaxation, and socializing with friends. You'll feel better physically and mentally, and you'll be better able to handle whatever life throws your way.
When you take care of yourself, everything else will fall into place.
If you're feeling out of balance, don't worry—you're not alone. Achieving work-life balance is something that we all strive for but often struggle to achieve.
We can all take steps to improve our work-life balance, and it starts with setting priorities and taking action. We need to be mindful of how we spend our time and make sure that we're taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally.
When we make an effort to achieve work-life balance, we'll be happier and healthier overall. You can start living a more balanced life today—and set yourself up for success in the years to come!
Connect with Karen Clark Salinas with Rebalance Wellbeing