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Finding the Right "Balance" for the Trainee.

- ACG Case Rep J (2015)

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For the inaugural perspective, we will explore a prevalent issue for trainees that is infrequently discussed: the elusive work-life balance... After speaking with mentors and observing those around me, it's apparent that dichotomous schools of thought exist surrounding the work–life balance paradigm... Others feel that this binary framework creates an artificial divide, pitting professional and personal against each other, and prefer to blur the work-personal lifelines... These dueling approaches are often a source of frustration for the trainee in pursuit of balanced success... This Zen-like philosophy sounds simplistic in theory, but this big-picture approach may empower each of us to invest in the most personally meaningful endeavors and shed the less gratifying tasks. “Our main objective is not to achieve a balance between work and personal life, but rather to understand what is inherently important and align individual goals accordingly… this is a more reliable path to achieving personal meaning and success in life. ” Surely each individual's approach to the work–life quandary will vary, and simple solutions do not exist... Surawicz, MD, MACG, on burn-out... She advises that, “The degree to which you do not believe you have time to spend even 10 minutes sitting quietly is the degree to which you desperately need to spend 10 minutes sitting quietly. ” A simple approach is to categorize your tasks on the basis of importance and feasibility... It's important to have someone you can turn to for support and advice during this journey... While we all look to academic mentors and personal confidants, it is imperative to identify a “life mentor” you trust—someone whose sole concern is your well-being... Although it is difficult to escape the fast-paced, competitive culture that surrounds us, remember that what you deem to be personally meaningful does not need align with your co-fellow, spouse or mentor... I realize that our main objective is not to achieve a balance between work and personal life, but rather to understand what is inherently important and align individual goals accordingly.

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Finding the Right "Balance" for the Trainee.

- ACG Case Rep J (2015)

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View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

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For the inaugural perspective, we will explore a prevalent issue for trainees that is infrequently discussed: the elusive work-life balance... After speaking with mentors and observing those around me, it's apparent that dichotomous schools of thought exist surrounding the work–life balance paradigm... Others feel that this binary framework creates an artificial divide, pitting professional and personal against each other, and prefer to blur the work-personal lifelines... These dueling approaches are often a source of frustration for the trainee in pursuit of balanced success... This Zen-like philosophy sounds simplistic in theory, but this big-picture approach may empower each of us to invest in the most personally meaningful endeavors and shed the less gratifying tasks. “Our main objective is not to achieve a balance between work and personal life, but rather to understand what is inherently important and align individual goals accordingly… this is a more reliable path to achieving personal meaning and success in life. ” Surely each individual's approach to the work–life quandary will vary, and simple solutions do not exist... Surawicz, MD, MACG, on burn-out... She advises that, “The degree to which you do not believe you have time to spend even 10 minutes sitting quietly is the degree to which you desperately need to spend 10 minutes sitting quietly. ” A simple approach is to categorize your tasks on the basis of importance and feasibility... It's important to have someone you can turn to for support and advice during this journey... While we all look to academic mentors and personal confidants, it is imperative to identify a “life mentor” you trust—someone whose sole concern is your well-being... Although it is difficult to escape the fast-paced, competitive culture that surrounds us, remember that what you deem to be personally meaningful does not need align with your co-fellow, spouse or mentor... I realize that our main objective is not to achieve a balance between work and personal life, but rather to understand what is inherently important and align individual goals accordingly.

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