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Week 5: Work-life balance


Deciding to return to work or, alternatively, to change direction is just the first step – once you start on your new path your life will become different and there will be changes that affect both you and those around you. This week is aimed at helping you think through what your priorities are and the kind of balance you want to achieve between your work and other aspects of your life.

Work–life balance does not just mean managing and juggling your caring responsibilities. It is a much broader concept that takes a holistic view of your life, including family, friendships, home and community as well as work.

Now watch Sue as she introduces what you’ll be doing this week and tells you a little about what work–life balance means for her.

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By the end of this week you should be able to:

  • reflect on your own aspirations with respect to work–life balance in the light of how others have dealt with these issues
  • identify your own work–life balance issues and potential solutions to these
  • evaluate your time management and use tools to identify potential changes in how you use your time.