How can you stay sane in the federal contracting and proposal business?

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Proposal professionals are notorious for working long hours, weekends, and holidays. Wendy Frieman outlines how to strike a work-life balance and gain back some sanity in the federal contracting profession.

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How can you stay sane in the federal contracting and proposal business?

  1. 1. How Can You Stay Sane in This Crazy Business? Presenters: Name : Wendy Frieman Company: CSC Name : Vicki Kempf Company: CSC
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is Work Life Balance? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between work and non-work activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal professionals and balance </li></ul><ul><li>What the literature revealed </li></ul><ul><li>What the WLB survey revealed </li></ul><ul><li>Using this knowledge to help everyone here improve their WLB </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT IS WORK LIFE BALANCE?
  4. 4. WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WORK AND NON-WORK ACTIVITIES?
  5. 5. What Qualities Do We Value In Our Professional Life? <ul><li>Think about best case, not reality </li></ul><ul><li>Think about personality traits as well as work habits </li></ul>
  6. 6. How What Leisure Activities Reinforce Those Qualities? <ul><li>Wide range of choices </li></ul><ul><li>Can be something that brings either gratification or satisfaction </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Relationship Is Mutually Beneficial: If You Adjust your WLB – Everyone Wins. <ul><li>Things we do for enjoyment outside work strengthen desirable qualities </li></ul><ul><li>When you’re not working, you’re still working! </li></ul>
  8. 8. PROPOSAL PROFESSIONALS AND BALANCE
  9. 9. Our Stereotype Does Not Say WLB!
  10. 10. This is Not a Balanced Professional?
  11. 11. She Did Not Manage Her Resources Effectively?
  12. 12. Some Rules Get in the Way of Getting Things Done!
  13. 13. Looks Like Someone Delivered Early!
  14. 14. You Plan Time – You Have Time
  15. 15. You Have to Train Yourself to Be Balanced
  16. 16. WHAT THE LITERATURE REVEALED
  17. 17. Imbalance Has A Cost: We Always Believe These Issues Will Not Happen to Us <ul><li>heart disease </li></ul><ul><li>chronic fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety attacks </li></ul><ul><li>mood swings </li></ul><ul><li>psychological distress </li></ul><ul><li>depression </li></ul><ul><li>sleep problems </li></ul><ul><li>eating disorders </li></ul><ul><li>peptic ulcers </li></ul><ul><li>poor resistance against diseases. </li></ul><ul><li>chronic pain </li></ul><ul><li>colds </li></ul><ul><li>flu </li></ul><ul><li>viruses </li></ul><ul><li>headaches </li></ul><ul><li>migraines </li></ul><ul><li>alcoholism </li></ul>
  18. 18. What Do You Look For? <ul><li>Physical Symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Different body aches </li></ul><ul><li>Problems in the digestive system </li></ul><ul><li>Chest pain </li></ul><ul><li>Fatigue </li></ul><ul><li>Insomnia </li></ul><ul><li>Skin problems </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual problems such as decreased sex drive </li></ul><ul><li>High blood pressure  </li></ul><ul><li>Weight gain or loss </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Concentration. </li></ul><ul><li>Negativity </li></ul><ul><li>Poor Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Rationality </li></ul><ul><li>Being very moody </li></ul><ul><li>Overreacting to certain things </li></ul><ul><li>Severe despondency or dejection </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Being short tempered </li></ul>
  19. 19. What do the experts say about how to achieve WLB? <ul><li>Academic studies </li></ul><ul><li>Gender differences </li></ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul><ul><li>Income </li></ul>
  20. 20. WHAT THE WLB SURVEY REVEALED
  21. 21. How We Conducted The Survey <ul><li>Open-ended questions </li></ul><ul><li>Subjective </li></ul><ul><li>Small sample </li></ul><ul><li>Five questions </li></ul>
  22. 22. What the Survey Told Us? <ul><li>Strong commitment to personal time </li></ul><ul><li>Planning is critical </li></ul><ul><li>Tactics vary depending on job title, personal situation, commute distance, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>High percentage of interest in non-work activities </li></ul><ul><li>Personal life was not always sacrificed for work </li></ul>
  23. 23. Could Types of Activities Matter? <ul><li>Number of leisure pursuits </li></ul><ul><li>Active versus passive </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfying versus gratifying </li></ul><ul><li>Long versus short blocks of time </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of intensity </li></ul>
  24. 24. USING THIS KNOWLEDGE TO ACHIEVE BALANCE
  25. 25. You Have to Be Tactical Not Philosophical <ul><li>Carve out time </li></ul><ul><li>Engage support and assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Plan in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Find routines that work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Examine your priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the unthinkable—new job, consulting, telecommuting </li></ul>
  26. 26. Start Now! Make a commitment today. Here! Now!
  27. 27. Questions/Comments? A. Books:   Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World by Robert K. Johnson, J. Walker Smith Getting Things Done by David Allen (book, cd, software) Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time & Money by A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca Merrill   Getting Organized by Stephanie Winston   B. Websites   http://www.worklifebalance.com/   http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/06/04/balance.calculator/   http://www.worklifebalance.org/   http://www.quintcareers.com/work-life_balance_quiz.html    C. Podcasts   Recipe for Happiness http://www.recipeforhappiness.com.au/podcast.php   Coach Ian Scott http://coachianscott.mypodcast.com/   Working in Heels http://womensmedia.com/podcast/

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