I’m a CEO, wife and a mom of two. My life is pretty full and I work a lot. But I have a golden rule: I don’t work on Saturdays. I don’t even check e-mail on Saturdays. Yeah, I might check into Foursquare when we’re out and about, but I don’t work, unless the world is ending and I absolutely have to get on my laptop.
I started this habit back in grad school. I was dating a guy who had graduated so he had weekends free. During the week, I had class and I was working 20 hours a week. Which meant that if I wanted to spend any time with with the BF, it was going to be on the weekends.
So I instituted a no-work Saturday rule. I worked like crazy during the week and I worked most of Sunday, but I had one whole, wonderful Saturday free.
The rule has worked out so well for me that I still abide by it to this day.
Having one, whole day that I can devote to family, fun, cooking, sitting, reading, or whatever, is great for me, my kids, my husband, and my sanity. Check me out on Twitter or Facebook; I’m noticeably absent on Saturdays.
It would be fabulous to have two whole, wonderful days free every weekend, but that’s not going to happen, not with work, kids, husband, family, life maintenance, so I don’t even try, and I don’t stress about it.
But you know what? I find that I don’t even need two whole days. By the time Sunday rolls around, I’m refreshed and ready to tackle the week.
What’s your work/life balance approach? Please do share via a comment below.
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Founder/CEO and self-proclaimed Chief Troublemaker of Matrix Group International, Joanna Pineda is known for her visionary big-picture thinking and drive for excellence. Combining her broad liberal arts background and passion for technology, she started Matrix Group in 1999, today a leading interactive agency. As a trusted advisor, Joanna inspires and motivates her clients and employees alike to simply, “be better” with her mantra being: Do or Do Not. There is no try!Google+