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How to seek work-life balance with a perfectionist mindset

Wednesday, May 9 - 10:00am

This 90-minute workshop will address two major themes affecting busy, goal-oriented professionals:

  1. balancing work with other life priorities
  2. dealing with a perfectionistic mindset.

Regarding the first theme, we will cover strategies and techniques for setting and maintaining boundaries, transitioning from one activity to another, and focusing on the present. A key concept here is that greater happiness and balance comes with giving yourself permission to do what you are doing at a given moment. In this sense, the only time “wasted” is time spent engaged in one activity while feeling guilt or shame for not doing something else. The guilt that some professionals feel often stems from a perfectionist mindset, wherein any shortcoming or decision not to work harder is met with harsh self-judgment.

We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of perfectionism, arriving at an approach where we maintain high but reasonable standards for ourselves while reacting positively to errors and shortcomings.

The workshop will include both lecture and interactive components and Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss ways in which the concepts apply to their own unique situations.


David Sacks, PhD., HSP

David Sacks is a licensed clinical psychologist and a consultant for athletes and other elite performers. He is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Lead Psychologist for the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also runs a private practice offering therapy and performance consultation for adolescents and adults. A graduate of Stanford University (B.A.  English; M.A. Education), where he was also captain of the wrestling team, David earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2003. He completed his psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center. As a scientist-practitioner, David has published numerous articles and presented on his research and practice in several countries.

In both his therapy and consultation work, David helps others to make specific adjustments in their ways of operating and, importantly, to understand the “bigger picture” in order to achieve lasting change.  He’s worked with thousands of students and clients, including award-winning scholars, professional athletes, musicians, service members, and other diverse individuals and groups from all walks of life. When he’s not helping clients achieve their goals, David enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, participating in grappling sports, and fishing from his kayak.