Raise your hand if you're constantly being inundated with emails, meeting requests, and urgent Slack messages. Raises hand. Between sorting your inbox, organizing your calendar, and responding to instant messages, achieving work/life balance can be challenging, to say the least. And if you're feeling completely overwhelmed, sometimes it's nice to know that you're not alone—and you're in good company.
Here at MyDomaine, we've interviewed everyone from fashion designers to world-renowned supermodels, and we've discovered that even the most successful women are still working out the work/life balance. Below, we've curated a collection of some of their most poignant quotes on the topic (because who couldn't use a reminder that no one is immune to life's big problems?).
Let these work/life balance quotes remind you that it's okay to say no sometimes. Ahead, famous women like Miranda Kerr, Anine Bing, and more get real about striving for this elusive balance.
I do believe in balance, and I'm always working to have more in my life. It's hard, but I'm aware of it, and I try. I think the biggest thing for me is trying to be present.
It's a constant juggle, but it has become easier with time, and learning to prioritize and not overcommit myself. We have to remember it's okay to say no.
It's really hard to balance kids and work without a whole lot of guilt on both sides, so I had to quickly figure out what would work best for me and my family. It's still a work in progress.
It's certainly hard work, but it's been so empowering to see that I can do whatever I set my mind on. I try to be both the best mom I can and the best businesswoman I can every day of my life.
I think that I tend to overcommit myself. It's something I've learned and I'm getting better about. I just take on a lot. Then when it comes time to execute it all, I'm exhausted and I haven't slept, and you know, life's all about balance. You want to make sure you're leaving time for your personal life and to enjoy the things you do.
I'm personally not well-balanced at all, as I don't really know how to stop or slow down. [My husband] keeps me sane. He's often the only one who knows how (and when) to shut my laptop while I'm typing an email to grab my hand and take me outside, or persuade me to take an hour off to go for a swim. I always put up a fuss at first, but I feel a million times better for it, and it lifts me up. I'm so much more productive afterward.
I think this idea of balance is misleading. It doesn't necessarily exist. It's about acceptance of whatever you're doing and trying to be in the moment enjoying it. I think you have to maintain boundaries, and let go of what you don't finish at work or don't do for your kids that day, and know that it takes a village to raise children—it's not all on the mom. I do believe, though, that you need to decide what's right for you and your children, and if you don't fulfill other obligations, it is what it is. Prioritize your priorities.
I find meditating really helps me to find balance when things become chaotic. Life can be full-on at times, and it's always helpful to find that middle ground again—to find stillness in the chaos. Do real things, get dirty, work hard, play, travel, love, eat well, have a nice bottle of wine. Life is short, so balance is very important.