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Susan McGalla is an executive consultant from Pittsburgh. Susan McGalla is the former President of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and also the former CEO of Wet Seal Inc. She currently sits on the boards of HFF Inc. HFF is a company that provides commercial real estate services. She also sits on the board of the Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute and Foundation. She is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth at The Pittsburgh Steelers, LLC.
Susan McGalla began her distinguished career at Joseph Home Company, where she worked in managerial positions from 1986 until 1994. That same year, in 1994, she joined American Eagle Outfitters. She began working for the company as a divisional merchandise buyer for women’s clothing. She worked in other various positions, working her way up to President and CMO.
She was born and raised in Ohio. She attended Mount Union College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing. She still sits on the Board of Advisors at the college. She is married to wealth manager, Stephen McGalla. She knows exactly what it’s like to be a busy, working mother.
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Doing a balance act between work and home is never an easy thing to do. Establishing that balance is hard, but it is worth it in the end. Susan McGalla offers some tips to achieve the perfect work-home balance.
* Understand the significance of downtime: Downtime must be made a priority every week. Make sure you plan fun or relaxing activities with friends or family. If you don’t take the proper steps to unwind, conquering challenges at home and work will become more difficult.
* Get rid of activities that drain you: Forget trying to prove yourself to others. If you find yourself involved in activities that seem to be pointless and only leave you physically and emotionally exhausted, quit doing them. Start freeing yourself from unnecessary strain.
* Seek your own quiet time: Downtime is important, but different than “quiet time.” Taking “me” time, especially for mothers, is essential in making sure you keep your sanity. You should try to do things to pamper yourself and give yourself a little time to unwind by yourself.
* Make sure you fit “getting fit” into your schedule: Physical activity can do wonders for people, namely mothers, who have extremely busy schedules. Being overwhelmed can be remedied by physical activity that makes you feel more in control. It can also boost your mental lucidity and leave you feeling rejuvenated.
* Dole out tasks: You shouldn’t feel the need to get every menial task done yourself. See if others can help you with small tasks, or look to other resources. See if you can buy groceries or stamps on the internet.
* Forget your ideas of being perfect: No one is perfect. If you can admit this to yourself, you will stop trying to do everything with a perfect expectation. This realization could have a long-lasting effect on your life.
* Let go of technology: Keeping in touch can be helpful but also overwhelming. Technology can make it easier to overwork yourself because everything is more accessible. Ignoring those technologies for a just a little while can help you get away from it all.
* Try meditating: Meditation has the same effects as exercising. You can take a few minutes to meditate to help clear your mind and relax.
* Stop feeling guilty: Working women, especially mothers, tend to have a lot of guilt; for not spending enough time with their children. This feeling isn’t getting you anywhere. Try concentrating on doing your best instead.
* Take the chaos out of your mornings: Having a chaotic morning can set your day off on the wrong foot. Take care of all the tasks you can at night, to alleviate stress in the morning. A less stressful morning can lead to less stressful work days.
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