29 July, 2020: #2 - Are we striving for balance or harmony? How to find harmony as career loving parents

Session 2

This is the second session of a two-part Work-Life Balance series by Melany Green. Melany focused on how and why a “harmony” perspective instead of a “balance” approach is more effective in one’s career. If you’re a parent, thinking about it, or trying to find balance between work and your relationships – this is worth a listen.

This mine of information covers for example work in relation to parenthood; change as a form of grief; dual-career couples and; managing energy instead of time to name a few. Melany also addressed how unhelpful it is to base our lives on the unrealistic strife for perfection as mother, employee or partner. We recommend that you listen to the session for some helpful questions to ask yourself for the benefit of your relationship and parenthood in terms of roles, expectations and values for example.

We really enjoyed the idea of “managing your energy instead of your time” from Melany’s talk. Here are some of the practical tips she shared to conserve and replenish your energy:

  1. Use your network and ask for help
  2. Stop comparing yourself to others
  3. Manage your boundaries ruthlessly
  4. Fill your tank

Watch the recording and identify for yourself things to stop, start or continue in managing your work-life balance.

Resources from the webinar:

  • The Mental Load: A Feminist Comic by Emma
  • Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work by Jennifer Petriglieri


Melany Green