Today’s communication technology allows us to stay connected to our work, and that often takes a toll on our work-life balance. When we’re away from the office, it’s easy to answer a call or two, reply to an email, and send a few texts. We like to tell ourselves we’re multi-tasking, but truth be known, we’re simply robbing the time away from our families.
You have an outstanding opportunity to improve your work-life balance by volunteering with your child’s booster club. Spring is a time of transition in the life of a booster club, when seniors – and their parents – graduate out. There will soon be many opportunities for you to plug-in and get involved.
Zig Ziglar illustrated his Wheel of Life with seven spokes coming from the hub. Each spoke represents an area of focus that we must maintain to achieve balance in life. The spokes are Personal, Family, Career, Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and Financial.
In the context of Zig’s seven spokes, you can significantly impact the Personal, Family, and even Physical spokes in your own wheel of life. Let’s get started.
To impact the Personal spoke of your wheel, think about your career, hobbies, and interests. What transferable skills do you have that apply to booster club operations? Here are a few examples:
- If you’re an accountant or bookkeeper, volunteer to be the club’s treasurer.
- If you work in transportation or logistics, volunteer with the truck and equipment crew.
- If you’re in sales, volunteer to chair a fundraising drive.
- If you’re a manager or leader, volunteer to chair a committee. Or, better yet, run for the office of president or vice president!
You’ll derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from volunteering – from “paying it forward.”
Now, consider the impact you’ll have on your family. The teenage years pass all to quickly, so take this opportunity to create life long memories with your child. While you’re helping your child’s booster club achieve its objectives, you’ll also realize certain benefits. I’ve outlined four in my post, Four Reasons Why Booster Leadership is Good for You.
We all have 168 hours each week. Be intentional in scheduling your time. Budget those hours as if you were budgeting your money.
Balance is very difficult to maintain, but you can do it with a little discipline and forward planning. And, when you volunteer with your child’s booster club, both you and the club will benefit!
If you are new to your booster club, or if you want to learn more about volunteer leadership, check out my book, The Booster Leader: 35 Leadership Essentials for a Thriving Booster Organization. The Booster Leader is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.
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