Susan P. McGalla (May 31, 1964) is a renowned Businesswoman and executive consultant from East Liverpool, Ohio who has reached the apex of professional success while maintaining a perfect balance between her work and family life. She is mostly known as the former president of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and former chief executive officer of Wet Seal Inc, and director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. She is an Alma Mater from Mount Union College and currently serving as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Susan McGalla is also the founder of P3 Executive Consulting.
This is truly an amazing achievement for a businesswoman like Susan who is equally successful in her personal life as well. She is happily married with Stephen McGalla and manages time for both her professional and personal life at the same without any compromise. In her recent article on GettingBalance.com titled “Balancing Work and Family Life: 11 Great Tips from Susan McGalla,” she has shared her secrets on how she managed to do so.
According to Susan, the very first thing that people should do in balancing their professional and personal life is to utilize their downtime with fun and relaxing activities that will freshen up the mind and soul. So, everyone should prioritize utilizing their downtime as a priority rather than sitting idle. Secondly, Susan McGalla suggests that we should let go our draining activities that have no point or accomplishes nothing. By saying goodbye to those useless activities, we will get more time to enjoy our life and do something meaningful. We should also get some exclusive time for ourselves to seek serenity and tranquility. This could be anything such as some quiet time or a few hours of personal pampering.
Susan also advocates for physical activities that can create a sense of control among the busy mothers. A workout in the gym or a jogging session in the neighborhood park will be truly rejuvenating for people who are jam-packed and hectic everyday schedule. Her fifth tip is to review all of our little tasks to make them more efficient such purchasing things online rather than spending hours in traffic on the way to shops. However, according to her, if we want to make the perfect balance in our life, we should first admit to ourselves that we are not perfect and a little bit of slack won’t hurt. Once we realize this, we will be stress-free and able to see life in an easy way. In the same way, we should also let go our constant feeling of guilt as well.
Susan also suggests that we should avoid technology i.e. PC, smartphones for a while that always keeps us occupied with our professional life. At that time, the working mothers can mediate such a deep breathing or yoga that will help to focus more. We should also try to review our daily life and try to simplify and streamline it. Last but not the least, she suggests that we should manage our mornings more efficiently to skip the start of a bad day. So, we should take care of basic things in advance may be in the night to start a great day.