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Career Compass

Career Compassis a monthly column from ICMA focused on career issues for local government professional staff.  It is written by Dr. Frank Benest, ICMA's senior advisor for Next Generation Initiatives. If you have a career question you would like addressed in a future Career Compass, e-mail or contact Frank directly at

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Feb 28

Career Compass No. 29: Forget Work-Life Balance... Re-Energize at Work and at Home!

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM by Amber Ahlo

In this issue of Career Compass, Dr. Benest says, "If you feel you don't have time to read this article, you need to read this article."

I am a Division Manager in a County Environmental Services Department. I love my work but I’m working too hard. I’m often fatigued (as are many on my team). I feel overwhelmed with urgent demands. I am distracted and have little time to think, plan or “connect the dots.” I have tried to better prioritize and then delegate some of the less important work but I still feel that work is all-consuming.

Worst of all, I do not have much time for my wife and young children. I often stay late at work and when I do get home I’m responding to emails. I am exhausted at work and at home. How do I achieve work-life balance? Help!