Please note: the giveaway at the bottom of this post is now closed, but the review is still valid!
The night after I wrote my post on defining “it all” I read Anne Bogel’s book Work Shift: How to Create a Better Blend of Work, Life, and Family, about how a new paradigm for work can help women (and men) craft a full life that works for them. Bogel, who blogs at Modern Mrs. Darcy, takes issue with the concept that women have to choose between working or being home, and advocates a more flexible blend of work and life.
The book includes a brief overview of the history of work, which helps to put our modern struggles with it in the broader context of how men and women viewed work in the past, and also helpful sections on how to make work and family fit together in different fields, situations, and stages of life.
Bogel points out that recent figures show 40% of workers operate as free agents rather than working for traditional companies, and offers broad but how-to advice that would be applicable to people in a range of fields. As someone who appreciates real life examples even if they don’t exactly match my situation, I liked Bogel’s inclusion of profiles of women from all sorts of jobs and family situations. I do think that the ages of your children, your own work history, and your husband’s situation play in to decisions about work and life balance, and I found it instructive to read about what women do in all sorts of circumstances.
Another helpful section covers how to overcome common barriers to achieving work/life balance and advice on issues such as how to work without incurring childcare costs. Childcare costs are wildly under-discussed in the work/home debates, and I think childcare can be a big hurdle. Government-subsidized care wouldn’t help the many moms who work flexibly, and good babysitters are hard to find (extreme understatement). I know that for me being able to work mostly from home and having a good family friend who watches the kids when I have meetings is essential, but not everyone can arrange that situation. I’m glad that Bogel included the issue in her book.
I think Work Shift would be a helpful read for women who work, who work part-time, or who have or have contemplated a side gig of some sort. The book is available as an e-book directly from the author or from Amazon.
Giveaway! (Note: the giveaway is now closed)
If you’d like to win a copy of Work Shift, just leave a comment on this post. You could tell us what you find the most challenging aspect of figuring out work/family balance, or just say hi. I’ll draw a winner with a random number generator on Thursday, September 20, and will post the winner on Friday the 21st.
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