Balancing act

It is becoming increasingly difficult for project professionals to maintain a healthy work/life balance, given an increased focus on lean and just-in-time processes and a growing reliance on virtual workers who are expected to be on call. This article features four project professionals discussing how they solved the work/life balance conundrum without sacrificing success in either sphere. One project manager explores how personal and work schedules should complement each other, not compete with each other. Also, a PMO manager examines the role of discipline to maintain work/life balance. Prioritizing and making project goals and objectives a collaborative effort helps to effectively manage projects as well. Finally, a project management discipline expert explains how delegating may result in more spare time and suggests making a list of all weekly tasks you do on projects and picking the one that you must really do yourself. Then delegate everything else. Accompanying the article are two sidebars: the first sidebar identifies ways to handle overload; the second sidebar examines how to say "I'm unavailable" when necessary.
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