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Cancer and Careers strives to help those with cancer balance work with their treatment or recovery. As our recent Harris Interactive study showed, 80 percent of cancer patients and survivors say continuing work after diagnosis aids recovery and almost just as many respondents also said that work/life balance was critical to having a career. Thus, we are always searching for the best information and resources to share with our audience about achieving this balance.
We were pleased to find this recent article from Harvard Business Review that puts a fresh spin on balancing your job with your personal life. The author stresses that the spillover of work into an employee's personal life can lead to "job exhaustion, disruption of relationships with family and friends, loss of enjoyment, and increased stress." So how do they suggest you maintain and create harmony between the two? These three great tips:
- Strive for work-life effectiveness—not balance: Forget the "balance" as you know it and instead focus on fitting work in with your personal life. The article stresses that you don't need to dedicate an equal portion of time to both.
- Define success in all categories of your life: What constitutes success to one person may not be the same for another. Determine what makes you feel successful in all categories of your life - work, family, home - and prioritize accordingly. Consider sharing these priorities with the important people in your life to gain even more valuable perspective.
- Maintain control: Take control of your career and find a job that fits you. As the author states, "manage the direction and meaning of your work."