How female CEOs and senior executives can enjoy a better work/life balance
You have made it to senior status at your firm. You work long hours, you spend much of your time thinking about work. You enjoy your work very much.
But balance is the name of the game these days, and all work and no play makes for a very boring life. If you feel like you struggle between a busy working life and being the woman you are, you’re not alone. What you may be surprised to learn is that by taking charge of your wardrobe you can gain back control over the balance, put stronger parameters up to protect your private time, and become a better employee too, as well as be reinvigorated and refreshed ready for work each day. It is possible to have a better home/work balance by simply organising your clothes and we will show you how.
Expectation and Intention – your work/life balance arsenal
It all boils down to expectation and intentionality. Your expectations set your intention. What is your expectation of what you will wear at work and what you will wear at home? It may be that you have no positive intention when it comes to what to wear, but rather, you dress by default. In this blog post you will learn how to set your expectations accurately so that you can love your life at home, be effective in your work at work, and excel in both.
Getting a better home/work balance
First, expectations at work.
Read the following list and see where you could tweak your attitude or adopt a new one and achieve a better home/work balance:
- You want to dress, not because you’ve been taken hostage by a faceless organisation but because you have earned the right to be there and have been set free into a role uniquely suited to you. Therefore getting dressed for work should be a joy, not a chore.
- Getting dressed into your role each day should not be default or haphazard. It should be automatic and routine driven. But it needs to be a conscious choice to choose what you are going to wear and why you are going to wear it.
- Getting dressed may be more work for women than it is for men, but it can give you a real advantage. In a room of short grey hair and blue or grey suits you can stand out easily, for all the right reasons. Don’t dismiss that advantage because you view it as “feminine” and somehow weaker. It really isn’t. You work hard to look this good, the advantage is yours.
Second, expectations at home.
Again read this list and see where you could tweak your attitude or adopt a new one in order to achieve a better home/work balance:
- When you are at home, be truly at home. For the sake of your children, your spouse, your siblings and parents, and for your own sanity. It’s ok to have a home life. Therefore I would reserve clothes exclusively for this home life. If you work in a very formal work setting, you may have to reserve informal wear for the weekends, however,
- Decide exactly what you want to wear at the weekend. What is your look? What gives you great pleasure to wear? What do you prefer wearing above all else?
- Try and wear different, non work colours at the weekend. I love grey but really don’t want to wear great all the time every day (maybe I do really…). Can you leave black, blue and grey in the wardrobe at the weekend and wear your weekend colours instead?
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Please don’t neglect to do these small steps: read the 3 step lists; see where you could tweak your habits; put a plan in place to implement the changes you have planned. Short, easy steps to get you the work/life balance you desire.
Please let me know what points you found most useful. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great weekend, and wear what you love, love what you wear.
Bye for now,