Four Ways to Make Your Career Work for the Life YOU Want

In today’s digital world, it’s nearly impossible to unplug from work. Perpetual access to technology means we can reach each other anywhere, at any time.

And, while instant information is a good thing, answering emails at all hours of the night, however, is not.

Instead of allowing work to dictate our lives, we can work smarter and live better with a few tips.

Plan ahead. If you have a girls night out or date night with your significant other on your calendar, you’ll be more likely to practice smart time management and won’t have cancel events you’ve been looking forward to all week.

Make time for relaxation. Reward yourself with an occasional breather. Whether it’s a 15-minute break to take a walk around the block, or a long weekend to recharge, it’s important to take a mental break to avoid burnout and stay inspired.

When you’re off the clock, disconnect. Thanks to smartphones, we now bring more work home with us. And it’s tempting to work on things that pop up after you’re off the clock. (We’ve practically trained ourselves to respond immediately to the ding of an incoming email). Whenever possible, leave work for office hours and focus on home at home.

Consider telecommuting. Workplace flexibility is increasingly an option for those seeking more control over their day-to day. Instead of spending 40 or more hours in the office, ask your manager if you can work from home for a few hours, or even a day, each month or week. You may be surprised by the answer.

Aligning work and life leads to a healthier and happier existence. Set priorities and adjust work schedules accordingly to make work fit life – and not the other way around.

Comment: How did you craft your career to fit your desired lifestyle? Share!

BONUS PINK Link: Can’t leave the room without your phone? You may be addicted – to technology.

By Allison O’Kelly
Allison is founder/CEO of the national talent acquisition and career development firm Mom Corps. Find out more at and follow Allison on Twitter @AllisonOKelly.

“Self-esteem isn’t everything. It’s just that there’s nothing without it.” Gloria Steinem

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