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Does your work life "balance" feel anything but? Most people will probably tell you that you need to be more strict about separating your office and home lives, and WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TAKE THE OFFICE HOME WITH YOU! To this, husband-and-wife authors Caitlin and Andrew Friedman say: Think again! In Family Inc., they share how they were able to use the organizational strategies they'd relied on in their professional lives to bring the joy—and yes, the sanity—back into their home.
Caitlin and Andrew Friedman met while working at a thriving midsize PR firm. Fifteen years of marriage, twins, a house, and three career changes later, they found themselves overwhelmed by their daily responsibilities. In this invaluable guide to making your household run more smoothly, the Friedmans take readers step by step through a process of reenvisioning their domestic lives as well-run, successful business ventures. According to the Friedmans, by introducing such simple activities as family meetings, job descriptions, and regular "employee evaluations," it's amazing how simple and stress-free life suddenly can become. Using the tools offered in this book, you will soon see tensions eased, household tasks completed, and family downtime rediscovered.
Girls Guide series coauthor Caitlin, and Andrew, an author and cookbook specialist, met and fell in love while both were employed at a public relations firm. They married, had twins, and soon found themselves overwhelmed with the responsibilities of work, marriage, and parenting. Their "aha" moment arrived when they realized their business lives were running much more smoothly than their home lives; that's when they decided to take a meeting, set up a to-do list, and apply their work skills to running a family. In this action-plan packed book they share how to apply workplace skills to family life, asserting, "every small home is essentially a small business." The authors encourage couples to clearly define, divide, and then take ownership of specific tasks while resisting the urge to micromanage (they note that a 50/50 division of labor is usually unachievable). Compromising, planning, delegating, goal-setting, and weekly and annual meetings, they reveal, are key elements that make both work places and home places happier and more efficient (i.e., hire a housecleaner and/or review your investments). Busy working parents will readily warm to the Friedmans' comprehensive plan for organizing and integrating family and career skills.