All leaders are challenged by corporate and business pressures of high-stress, high-impact positions, but women seem to feel the impact juggling them with the personal demands of family and personal life. It can take a high toll to keep multiple balls in the air while new ones come at you from surprising angles and each one coming faster and faster. So how can we ease the stress load? How can we remain easy while being ever busy?
Many leaders talk about work/life integration but most of us agree that there is no fixed boundary between work life and personal life. We take work home and at work we have to schedule doctor's appointments etc. What is the metric, which can tell me if work/life integration is working out well for me? We can't afford a nervous breakdown or falling into depression. Data is showing how more and more people are taking anti-depressants. Women experience two times more depression than men. Women are quitting professional jobs for many reasons. We have shortage of women talent in hi-tech industry. How do we retain women talent and inspire younger generation to take STEM as their career? There is a way to strike a balance but it has to do with our internal "ecology", namely, how we process the mountains of demands placed on us. It has to do with recognizing what we're really responsible for and what we're not responsible for.
We treat ourselves as machines by not giving ourselves time and space to be creative. We are human beings, not human doings! There are few simple tools and tips, which can be very helpful to remain cool, calm and collected. These tips can make you more effective and efficient in your professional and personal life.