No, not juggling balls. But, I do hope to give some reflection on the more important definition of juggling: learning how to manage multiple aspects of life. In high school, the game is a balance. Family, friends, school work, clubs, and sports are playing tug of war for your attention. The common frame of mind is that there can only be one winner. High school is all about putting the students under a high-stress environment and seeing how well they can perform. Although I’m still a kid, I can reasonably assume this is the same in the adult world.

There’s this one story in particular that I can’t seem to forget about. My dad told me that his coworker’s son drew a picture of his family. However, there was one thing missing. The son drew all of his family members but didn’t draw his dad. Heartbreaking to say the least. I asked my dad why this happened and he said his coworker was too involved in his work and saved no time for his family. Does this have to be true for every successful businessman?

Obviously not. Someone can certainly be involved in different activities in their life without making major sacrifices. As discussed in our previous blog posts, prioritization and time management skills are extremely important. You can easily get too involved with your work and forget about family dinner. An easy fix would be developing a schedule and following it religiously. However, even if you are left with a small amount of time for your friends, family, or work, make the most of it. Personally, a major pet peeve is when an adult is around and checking or sending emails at a social event. Obviously, I don’t know what it’s like to have a micromanaging boss with strict deadlines. But what’s the worst that can happen if you let your superiors know upfront that you are unavailable during certain time frames? If they don’t hire you because of this, you dodged a bullet! Who would want to work for someone who doesn’t comprehend that the work isn’t the only important thing in life? However, sometimes this isn’t as simple for everyone. Even with a rigorous job, you can still be aware of what not to do. The behavior to most avoid is mixing different parts of your life. When it’s time to do work, put down the phone and get to business. When it’s family time, try at all costs to not get involved with work. Once parts of your life start to mix, it’s the first step towards not being in the family portrait.

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