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Question: How do you manage the work/life balance?


Carrie Schwab: I always tell people, when they ask me how do I manage work or life balance, I just don’t. It is really difficult. And it ebbs and flows. And sometimes my husband has to remind me of when I am doing a little bit too much. I could feel it internally when I am doing too much.

I guess I consider myself a little ADD [attention deficit disorder]. I love new things, trying on new challenges.

I actually work four days a week. But I really mentally work seven days a week. Again, I have got my BlackBerry, my laptop, my cell phone.

Having girl friends are really important to me; I hike almost every Friday with them. So, I get my exercise and my social time.

I am at every game with all of my kid’s softball games and basketball games; I make that key priority.

And of course my husband and I walk every Saturday and Sunday in Mount Tamalpais; that it is our time to reconnect.

I am also on multiple boards. I am trying to pair back right now.

I’m thinking my kids are growing up so fast and everyone at least tells you that and you think “yeah, yeah, yeah,” but now that my oldest is a freshmen in college, I really got it.

There is plenty of time to do great things. So, it is a process. I take on too much and then I say “Oh! My god what I get myself into, pare back. So it ebbs and flows.


Recorded on: March 27, 2008


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