Weave in more work-life balance

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One day, Dawn Aubrey, associate director of housing for dining services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, overheard members of her core team bragging about the hours they had logged that weekend. They were clearly mimicking her behavior—hardly a weekend went by that Aubrey wasn’t tethered to her phone or volunteering.

“I need to make sure I’m a better example,” she recalls thinking. While she enjoys that hectic life, Aubrey didn’t want her team under the same pressure. So she sought balance through a few key strategies.

Learn to say ‘no’

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Though it made her sad to turn down a position on the board for homelessness advocacy group Courage Connection, Aubrey told the organization that she wouldn’t be able to devote adequate time.

Being involved doesn’t always mean giving time

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Instead of running a fundraiser, Aubrey realized she could donate a basket to the silent auction or furnish the funds for her church youth group’s pilgrimage. 

Combine personal time with community activities

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Aubrey invites her spouse and friends to join her at activities like bagging cereal at the food pantry. It’s the best of both worlds, she says. 

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