It’s back-to-school time across the U.S. and that means the reality of the daily juggle of being a working parent is back in the forefront of many of our minds. As I looked at my desk the other day, I realized I have been reading (or re-reading) some essential resources that help me manage my work and life in a meaningful way. It occurred to me that you might find them useful too, so here they are:
I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
Vanderkam’s book came out this spring and I love how it challenges our culture’s paradigm that says we can’t have meaningful careers AND spend quality time with our families. It contests the popular narrative, and empowers working parents with some new tips and tools for managing it all while giving us a good dose of hope. Although she looked at working moms in her research, her findings cross gender lines and would be helpful for all working parents.
Work + Life by Cali Williams Yost
I’ve talked about Yost’s books in the past and thought they were worth a second mention. As Yost puts it, “we live in a highly mobile, always-on 24-7 society that seems to have a constant vice grip on our lives.” And most of us are looking to have more control, less stress, more fun, more time with family and friends and greater career success. Her first book Work + Life, serves as a great guide to help you shift your mindset about “work/life balance,” create a strategy, and implement a plan that allows you to have the ideal career and life fit. Don’t miss out on her most recent book, Tweak It which helps you take small yet significant steps to fit it all in.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
This book is less about time management tips and more about a new way of living. It provides readers with a systematic approach to pursue only that which is essential and eliminate everything else. Too often, we say “yes” to everything in our lives. But have you ever stopped to think about how essential what you’re saying yes to is to your success as a professional or who you want to be as a parent? If you haven’t, this book will show you the way!
In between back-to-school shopping, meet-the-teachers night and adjusting to the new school year routine, consider picking up one (or all three) of these insightful books. Arming yourself with the right mindset and some tips & tools can help make the upcoming year a good one filled with success, confidence and, above all, a greater sense of control.