3 Ways to Combine Networking & Work Life Balance

 

“The key is not to prioritise what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”

Stephen Covey 

Work life balance is a hot topic in this busy world. I am the first to admit that I can end up with too much on my plate and have to suddenly get prioritising to get the balance back.

A study called the New Norma Project in the US found 70% of women get stressed just thinking about work life balance!

And men think about it too. The Global Men’s Study measured men’s perception of balance in their life. 25% of respondents selected finding time to spend with their family as their top life-work challenge with another 23% citing lack of time for hobbies and exercise.

How many times have you registered for a networking event then pulled out at the last minute because you were tired, a family issue popped up or you couldn’t be bothered to go? That’s an indication that the networking you’re doing isn’t as strategic as it could be. It’s impacting on other aspects of your life and becoming a negative for you instead of a positive.

Here’s three ways networking can work with life instead of overwhelming it.  

1.       Network in your ‘off’ hours

Who says you’re only networking when you are at a networking event? On the side-lines at your kids’ soccer game? Chat to the other parents. Joining a running group to keep fit? Find out what the other runners do and get networking there.

2.       Choose wisely

I met a businesswoman recently who had joined five networking groups within the space of six months. To say she was overwrought and a bit frazzled at all the invitations coming her way and the events she was attending is an understatement. Select a small number of events or groups for maximum return on your time.

3.       Learn and Link

Professional development and extending your skillset is a great career move and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. Kill two birds with one stone and use any training or study you are doing as a networking opportunity.

Understand what networking is. If you have this awareness you network naturally and automatically, regardless of whether you are at a networking event, attending a school concert or catching up with cycling buddies on the weekend.

The business professional who can combine professional, social and personal interests with networking skill will be way ahead on the work balance highway. 

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Posted on February 20, 2015 .