Daneen Skube

Secret of work/life balance is accepting imperfection

Q: I'm going to be juggling school, work and family this fall. How can I achieve work/life balance with these competing demands on my time?

A: The secret to achieving work/life balance is to realize that you can have it all -- but you just cannot have it all at the same time.

The secret to time management is to decide every day what priority is going to get the short end of the stick: work, family, school, exercise or friends. Be keenly aware that you cannot avoid shortchanging one or more of your priorities on a daily basis if you want to make progress on others.

The other secret is to not always give the same area the short end of the stick. For instance, if you...