will guide you professionally and
help you see the big picture – your
goal or promotion – and what steps
are needed to get to that point,” Dr.
It’s also important to seek support
from others, such as peers who might
be able to take one of your shifts
when you have a family commitment,
a neighbor who can drive your kid
to school when you have an early
meeting, hired staff (if you can afford
them) such as nannies and house-
keepers, and mostly importantly, from
your partner or spouse.
Keep the balance
To make sure that you stay on track,
Dr. Provenzale advised meeting with
your mentor on a regular basis to
redefine your goals, and finding ways
to measure whether you are achieving them, either by completing tasks
assigned to you, or delegating tasks
to others when appropriate.
Having contingency plans can also
help, she added. For example, what
happens if a grant you counted on
does not come through, or if you face
an unexpected family problem such
as a sick child or aging parent?
And finding some personal time
daily for reading, writing, exercising
– whatever floats your boat – is also
essential to maintaining sanity and
“Carve out time for yourself,” Dr.
Provenzale advised. “Enjoy the steps
along the way as much as possible.
As I reflect back over my career,
many of the challenges I’ve faced
have made me a better person and
better able to help others.” n
Finding some personal
time daily for reading,
writing, exercising –
whatever foats your
boat – is also essential
to maintaining sanity