Recently I had dinner with Emeka Ofodile, VP of Marketing at ESPN, who coined the phrase "work-life ownership." I love this.
Ownership is empowering. You can’t expect your company to hand you balance. You need to claim it for yourself.
I found this to be true in my own life. At Google, for years, I had no balance. Then I realized I set these unreasonable expectations myself. I decided to ask for what I needed. No work late at night, minimal meetings in the mornings when I was most productive, and the flexibility to work from home a few days a month. These boundaries helped me to do better work.
So today, if you are feeling overwhelmed, take a look in the mirror. What would taking ownership of your work-life relationship look like?