'Tis the season to be jolly... and stressed, and overwhelmed, and annoyed and tired. Every year visions of the holiday season dance through my head. In them, I complete my important professional projects and shut down for family travel leaving behind no loose ends. I organize my email inbox, take some time to think and plan for the year ahead and begin to sketch out my professional and personal goals for the coming year. I accomplish all of my holiday shopping and celebratory preparations without a single last-minute dodge into a crowded store. The whole time, I maintain my exercise and sleep schedule so I'm not sick or wiped out as vacation begins. When we leave for the airport, the house is spotless, with no piles of laundry, dishes or papers littering the house. Sounds about as realistic as the big guy coming down the chimney, right?
This time of year is rife with dissatisfaction around work-life balance, and even as an executive coach who specializes in work-life balance, I am not immune.