Need It 'All'? 3 Ways Women Can Redefine Expectations


Need It 'All'? 3 Ways Women Can Redefine Expectations

It sounds simple, but women are notorious for not getting enough “me” time. For those who are self-employed or work as freelancers, it’s even tougher to carve out time away when dealing with an “always on the clock” mentality. As time off is necessary for your well-being, plan for it in advance and give "me" time the same weight as other items on your agenda. According to Expedia, only 38 percent of American workers use their earned vacation time – an average 14 to 18 days per year. Most small business owners take fewer than the average days. As cliché as it may sound, putting yourself first will allow you to be more productive in the long run.



In addition to the occasional vacation, you also need time each day to refocus. Even if you simply take 20 minutes per day for meditation, exercise, or light reading, make time for a break—your physical and mental health will likely improve as a result.

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Encourage Other Women

If you’re like me, you find the pop culture depictions that pit women against each other to be offensive. And although the arguments are often petty, they’re closer to reality than we’d like to admit. That being said, women shouldn’t blindly agree with each other or smile instead of debate. They do, however, need to possess the ability to express their beliefs in a way that’s respectful towards others. Remember this when discussing high-profile women like mom and Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer, or when talking to women in your everyday life. Think about the motivation behind your words before sending something out in public. Ask yourself if you’re trying to make a valid point or simply cutting another woman down. Never rush into judgment, especially in a public way, but instead frame your arguments in a way that respects others.

We need to work as a group to change public opinion by first changing our own. Managing our expectations of achieving balance just may be the key to finding it. 

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