Work-Life Balance

Is Overworking Affecting Your Health? These Signs Say Yes

~by Wendy Dessler ~ Do you feel like work has begun to consume your life? If so, you aren’t alone. However, it’s not only the time you spend working that is impacting your health. Other factors such as job satisfaction, feelings of appreciation, your work environment, outside responsibilities and your commute can impact your health in a negative manner. Are you unsure if your work life is impacting your health? If so, consider the signs here. While you can use easy-to-use employee scheduling software to help take some of the burden off of your shoulders, you also need to know the

How to Get More Done in Less Time

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . Most people wish there were more hours in a day. I once opened a problem ticket at my old job to ask for more hours, but somehow that request was denied.   If I can’t get more hours in a day, then I want to certainly get more stuff done in a day.  Finding ways to squeeze more productivity out of the same number of hours is where finding the right tools and tricks comes in.   I’m not a big believer in multitasking. In fact, there have been a number of studies that show

Sleep- Mom’s Secret Addiction

Sleep. I love Sleep.  I’m sure most people wonder *IF* I ever sleep.  When I ever sleep.  Actually, Sleep is one of my favorite things in the world.  It helps you get well when you’re sick. It restores your energy, and sometimes the world is just a better world after a good nap.  I think that Sleep is my own sort of secret addiction.  It’s part of what keeps me sane when the world tilts off its axis, as it tries to do on a regular basis. Sleep has some amazing restorative powers.  Have you ever looked at your face

5 Tips for Keeping Sane in the Face of Insanity

Sometimes life comes really fast.  Sometimes it’s like a fun house, gone mad, or a roller coaster ride that seems impossible to get off of.  Keeping sane in midst of the insanity is not always easy to do, and many times is downright impossible.  This week, I’ve been balancing work, Girl Scout Cookies, my Concentration for Duke, and a Dad who is very sick.  It’s like being in a tornado and on a roller coaster at the same time.  What’s a woman to do? How do I go about Keeping Sane? This Too Shall Pass The first thing to remember

Are You Addicted to Busyness? Take the Busyness Test.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ We shame people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but as a culture, we’ve actually normalized and even praised our common Addiction to Busyness. We expect successful people to be busy, so we present a persona of busyness in order to be perceived as successful. This “busyness,” writes author Tim Krieder in a NY Times Op-Ed, “serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness… Obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”  Sound familiar? In case

Sharpen the Saw

Sharpen the Saw, is the Seventh of Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  It literally means that you should take the time to rest, relax, and unwind to be able to perform at your best.  For me, that’s difficult to do. I know that I should get my regular sleep, and while that can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible most of the time, except during crunch times- like the last few weeks of school.  But it’s that recharging, relaxing, and taking time to take care of myself that is hard to do.  As a mom, with four

Understanding Why You Are Addicted to Busyness

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In technologically wired society, multitasking has become an expectation, but we’ve taken this Puritanical work ethic to an extreme, to the point that busyness has become a seeming hallmark of success! In our previous Leadership Girl post on being Addicted to Busyness, we explored the first step toward tackling your Addiction to Busyness – by eliminating tasks on your to-do list that you find draining, instead of energizing. The next step in overcoming this Addiction to Busyness is examining why we, as individuals, feel the need to stay busy. In the words of physician and author Dr. Lisa Rankin:

7 Habits

One of my favorite books of all time is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey.  I find myself referring back to the book time after time.  The lessons that it teaches, and the habits that it describes are effective both in the business world, as well as in my personal life. If you get a chance to take a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course, I highly recommend it.  I also recommend the book, as a good guide for getting started in life.  He talks about Time Management, Giving Back, Taking Care of Yourself,

Addicted to Busyness? Just Say No.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In our faced paced, 24×7 culture, Addicted to Busyness Syndrome (ATBS) has become an unspoken epidemic, most commonly among women. Women, especially those of us in business for ourselves, are expected to have it all – to be successful entrepreneurs, to raise a family, maintain a beautiful home, keep a robust social calendar, and somehow find time for daily exercise and fix healthy, wholesome meals. Not only does our society put these expectations on us, but we also set unreasonably high expectations for ourselves. How are we expected to achieve all of this? By doing more. By

Parenting is a Full-time Job. Is it Time for Help?

~by Meg Powell~ Parenting these days is a full time job. If you are a mother and have ever felt that you just couldn’t get it all done, you are not alone. Between working and managing your household, managing the various activities of the children, homework, providing meals, cleaning up and returning all the weekly papers back to school for PTA, classroom assistance, etc., how does anyone have time for it all? What about the days the school is closed due to inclement weather, constant track out or summer camps, or illnesses that the kids keep bringing home? It is