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The right balance between private and professional life

It is a fact that Generation Y has a very busy agenda: they are building or renovating their house, they are very often young parents, they do the housekeeping and next to that they want to build their career. There's not much time left to rest, so you need to be time efficient! Following up on the International Women's day, we want to support Generation Y women by giving them a few tips to get through these busy times.

According to a study published in 2007 by the American Psychological Institute, over 50% of all employees report that their job interferes with their private life, while 47% of the employees say that their private life interferes with their career. According to a study conducted by RTL Info in February 2016, it is interesting to note that 9 out of 10 young mothers in Wallonia are working. And when asked who considers her role to be at home to take care of the housekeeping and the children, only 1 woman out of 10 answered positively. However, very often, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day to get everything done.  So how do you manage all this?
 

Don't be afraid to ask for help.

An African proverb says "it takes a village to raise a child." Don't be afraid to ask for help from your parents or in-laws, to hire babysitters or to exchange services between young parents. Don't feel guilty about this, children will love it. Also ask for help to manage the housekeeping or to do the ironing and don't worry if there's no more money left to save. These are the busiest years, you will get through it.
 

Take a break in time

Rest in time, this will benefit all. If you are relaxed, then your children will be happy and you will get more inspiration at work. So use the time you're freeing up by asking for help to take a few hours of quality time for yourself.
 

Balance your private and professional life

Having a good balance between your private life and professional life does not necessarily mean dividing time equally. There are times when your professional life will ask for more involvement and commitment. At other times, it can be less busy and you will get the chance to spend some more time with your family and friends. It's up to you to define the right balance at the right time.
 

Customize your working hours

The Belgian government has different options to ease the balance between private and professional life. Often employers also offer the possibility to work full time in 4 days. This way of working is mainly used by ambitious women who want to thrive for success at management level. Make sure to check all possibilities with your employer. Try not to waste too much time traveling from home to work. Maybe you can work at home or leave for work after rush hour? If you feel your daily travel is getting too long and there's no option to reduce it, you may want to consider switching to another employer, but do check all your options first.
 

Connect with other "superwomen"

According to psychologists, women need to charge up their batteries at all levels. So get to action! Do some sports, join a club, schedule your me-time!  Meet new people and share common interests. An interesting club to join is JUMP. This is an online forum which focuses on the gap between men and women at work. It strives for a better cooperation and equality.  Exchanging thoughts and ideas will benefit your peace of mind.

 

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