Guest Commentator: Mary Worthy, Residential Real Estate Specialist, Mosaic Brokerage Group

Have you ever had a friend that did it all? They worked full time, ran their own business(es), and managed a young family. Perhaps, like me, you are that friend. Since 2014, I’ve juggled my career with being a wife and mom of three children. In 2020, I decided to add realtor with Mosaic Brokerage Group to my list of titles. Many young professionals have found opportunities to add additional roles to their lives in the midst of the pandemic. This leads me to ask the question: how are young professionals able to command so many moving parts and stay somewhat sane? What helps me keep it all together are planning, self-discipline, and maintaining a work-life balance.

Planning is key to managing life with multiple responsibilities. A phrase I often heard growing up is, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Unfortunately, like many other young professionals, I have learned this lesson the hard way. It’s so easy for the day to get away from you without proper planning. I like to use Sundays as a “master planning” day. I sit down with my agenda book and write out all that needs to be accomplished that week. I loosely use the priority matrix taught in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to help prioritize. After writing everything, I put the important deadlines on my iPhone calendar for reminder alerts. This step is critical to setting myself up for a successful week.

The second, yet probably most significant, piece in directing a busy life is self-discipline. The ability to take action and stay motivated to reach your ultimate goal is necessary. Jim Rohn said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” You laid out the plan now it’s time to have the self-discipline to execute, even when you don’t feel like it. I will not lie by saying self-discipline is something easy to achieve. It is a skill that needs to be developed and worked on constantly. The driving force behind my self-discipline is rooted in my why: my children. All that I do is with the intention to lay the foundation for a better life for them and generations to come.

Lastly, maintaining a work-life balance is imperative to keeping you in the game. Young professionals truly value work-life balance. Studies have shown that work-life balance is as vital to young professionals as salary is when searching for a career. A major part of sustaining this balance is emphasizing self-care. I always try to start my day with self-care by meditating, stretching, and reciting morning affirmations. This is followed up by journaling to express gratitude for my loved ones and other things in my life. In my planning phase, I make sure to block out time for family fun including movie and game nights. Ensuring you have time to rest and recharge plays an essential role to have the self-discipline to carry out your plans.

Now it’s time for a confession. I don’t always get this right! I have more days that get derailed than I’d like to admit. Life happens especially when young children are involved. Nevertheless, I challenge myself and you to be gentle with yourself. Keep in mind there will be days where you’ll need to be flexible and adapt. As long as you keep the self-discipline to re-plan and execute, all will be well. I’d love to hear how you manage the many moving parts in your life? I’m always interested in new ways to work smarter and not harder.

Mary Worthy is a member of the YPC Advisory Board.

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