Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Budgeting Time Can Mean Fuller Personal, Professional Life

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Budgeting Time Can Mean Fuller Personal, Professional Life

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It's a persistent question: How do you balance work and family?

There's no consistent answer.

Still, you try. You juggle and struggle and bargain and negotiate and you still feel the guilt from all sides. Are you shortchanging your husband, your children, your employer, your parents, your friends? The list goes on.

It boils down to balance, and not surprisingly the image of a high wire comes to mind. Lean too far here or take a wrong step there and, whoops, down you go.

While everyone must strike his or her individual balance, there are some tips from those who've been there, done that.

The "Successful Strategies for Business and Life" report from the Avon Women of Enterprise Program provides a variety of insights, including tips from 1996 Avon Women of Enterprise honoree, Deborah Rosado Shaw. Shaw is chief executive of Umbrellas Plus LLC in Chester, N.J., which designs and markets custom and private-label leisure furniture, sun accessories and rain products for retailers and corporate promotions.

She also is mother to three sons, ages 11, 13 and 15.

Her advice is helpful to mothers and fathers. Here it is, with some interpretation and other notes:

Strive for integration and flexibility. Realize all the different roles in your life: Business owner, executive, employee, parent, spouse, sibling and son or daughter. These roles overlap, so flexibility is key. By recognizing your roles and integrating them into your life daily, you can manage your professional and personal responsibilities effectively.

Make tough decisions. You've heard it before, but here it is again: Set your priorities and decide what you can live with and what you cannot. You can't do it all. You will have to say "no" at times.

Include your family in the decision-making process. If a decision affects the family, it is important to involve them. …

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