Written by: Shannon Low
Today, many people struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance because they fail to separate their work from their personal lives. At the beginning of your career, first impressions are important to creating a name for yourself at your company or industry. Professor Rachel Spooner agreed with this by explaining how within her first year as a lawyer she worked hard to establish a good reputation, which stayed with her throughout her career. She explained that during her first year she would always take each case that was presented to her and worked long hours to complete everything effectively and efficiently. Although she worked hard within her first couple of years in a private firm, she emphasized how that now she makes time to balance her work and personal life. She makes sure that she can attend her children’s games and events by having someone else step in for her meetings or seeing if she can have them rescheduled. Do not slack off after you establish yourself in your industry, however, you should be able to create a balance between your work and personal life to be able to unplug from work and relax.
Professor Spooner stressed the importance of carefully choosing your partner, whether it be for work, life, or in school. You should make sure that you choose a partner that shares the same goals as you, someone you can communicate effectively with, and someone that can help you achieve those goals. Also, surrounding yourself with people that create a supportive network for you will help because you have people that will help you overcome any obstacle. It is important to be able to describe in detail your goals and motives because you may know on the surface what you want, but you need to know why you want them.