This article appeared in the July/August issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
wellness director, Anderson (S.C.) Area YMCA
"Being a full-time employee, student and husband has been challenging at times. For me, it helps to sit down on a weekly basis and put together a strategy to perform the tasks of the highest importance. I also find that being the most productive at the beginning of the week takes a lot of pressure off, allowing me to enjoy my personal life."
assistant professor of sport management, Regis College
"I plug all important work and life events into my iPhone calendar so that family time is blocked off as a priority. I try to be as productive as possible during the time I am at my work office so I can be fully present when I am home. I limit the number of times I check the phone at home by putting it in my bedroom and not checking it until after the kids are in bed. I remind myself that the work will always be there, but my kids won't always be young."
athletic director, Tallulah Falls (Ga.) School
"I have a 'meeting' time set up every mid-week for a workout with my wife, either circuit training or running. This helps me feel that the job doesn't own me. I also turn off the ringer on emails on my phone and look at them after my wife goes to bed, not during family time."
operations and locker room coordinator, UC Berkeley Department of Recreation
"As a coordinator of operations, I need to always be on call in case of emergency. With that said, I empower my supervisors with the ability to handle various incidents/accidents through hands-on and comprehensive training, which allows me to disconnect from my facility when not at work."
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Athletic Business with the title "How do you maintain balance between your personal and professional lives?"