You may not recognize me…

I think the greatest revelatoin  I have had on my PULSE assignment is that for the very first time in my life I have Work Life Balance.  It’s been a shocking revelation as I didn’t realize the lack of balance had gotten so extreme.  I have always struggled with saying no to things and worked on it over the years, but it’s obvious I have not effectively mastered it.   The PULSE opportunity has given me time to reflect on how the imbalance got to this point and the toil that’s had on my life circumstances, and relationships with family and friends. I’m finding it exciting to reconnect with friends, and I honestly think I’m a lot more fun to be around.

My biggest challenge is going to be figuring out how to continue with the balance upon my return. The interesting learning has been that with better balance, I still get a lot of work done and in a more efficient manner. I don’t have an answer right now but wanted to share more broadly as I know GSK supports balance but I know my behaviors are not unique to me. Many of my colleagues are available at night, weekends and on vacation. It is something that slowly invades your personal life and can become an unspoken expectation both for yourself and with co-workers.  I know I went too far in the extreme and now that I’ve had a different experience, I plan to maintain it…so you may not recognize me!    If you do it well I’d love to hear your techniques… and if you operate as I did, I encourage you to really think about how you might make modifications.

Until next time…

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Im pictured here with my friends from the The Food Trust at the halloween party! Nadine , Brianna, Hadeel,Paulette, and Shadera .

4 comments

  1. Great post – balance is a very individualized personal level that many struggle with. But the skills your learning like many PULSE volunteers will support you in making sure you are able to continue this mindset when you return – the question comes down to what makes you happy and prioritize, focus on that, and add in self care. Read “Present over Perfect” before you return – I think you’ll really like it based on our convos around this!

    Love the pic and it’s all my fav ladies!

  2. Very perceptive post as I am also reflecting on learnings from my pulse assignment and yes work- life balance is always a difficult one – very noticeable even when you are away from home! I like you struggle with the answer but it is about remembering what is really important in your life and what make you happy 😃

  3. Very happy that you have had the opportunity for that realisation – it really does take a massive change sometimes to see things that are right there. You are absolutely spot on, GSK is great at promoting work life balance but I have worked with many conscientious individuals who are always available which then sets a very tough bar to maintain. Definitely hope you bring it back with you : )

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