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Forget Work-Life Balance and Focus on Life Management Instead

Prior to reading Anne-Marie Slaughter’s controversial June 2012 article for The Atlantic entitled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” I had never spent a lot of time exploring the concept of “Work-Life Balance.” The idea that I couldn’t achieve all my personal and professional goals never occurred to me. Call me optimistic or naive, but the first thing I thought when I read the title of the article was, “Why not?”

Slaughter’s article sparked countless discussions about the idea of “Work-Life Balance,” an idea that people (usually women) have to juggle their professional ambitions against their personal goals.

Here are a few related articles:

  • Straightening Out the Work-Life Balance (NYTimes.com)
  • When are we going to involve men in discussion of work/life balance? (The Guardian)
  • Work-Life Balance Isn’t Just for Moms — All the Single Ladies Want it Too (Jezebel)

I could write a long post about this, but I figured a visual would get my point across just as effectively, or at least quicker.

WorkLifeBalance

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

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You know you have finally made it when people stop asking you what you want to be when you grow up. Since I am asked that question on a regular basis it is very safe to say that I haven’t made it…yet.

That question is certainly more than a handful. No really, it’s ten words. First and foremost, I want to be happy. However, that is never the answer people are looking for when they ask that question. They want to know what I plan to do career-wise because as unfortunate as it is we tend to define people solely by their careers.

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