President's Message


Hello Northern IL IFMA,


Hope this message finds you well!  As I thought about what to share this month in this message, I thought, well the days are getting warmer and longer, outdoor activities can be enjoyed, maybe it’s a good time to remind/encourage us all to have a good work / life balance.   However, as I write it is snowing, and not a flurry or two, but a full on snow storm, covering the tulips, the trees that are budding out and my lawn that I had mowed the day before in shorts and a t-shirt.  Whatever the Northern Illinois weather is, I feel that this reminder is still valid. 

Life can become overwhelming and seem like ‘to do’s’ have taken over our lives. You must remember that work is a never-ending process. (Phrase that pays) You can never finish work!  Our phones and connected devices make it easier than ever to stay entangled in work duties after-hours making the line between the two very grey.  Striking a healthy balance that is satisfactory to your life is a personal preference and it can change based on your needs.  What I have learned is that we must always strive and find what we need to strike that balance.

Below are a few suggestions from various readings that I looked up on the subject that I have applied along the way:

- Build downtime into your schedule When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, or activities that help you recharge. You'll have something to look forward to and an extra incentive to manage your time well, so you don't have to cancel.

- Drop activities that zap your time or energyTake stock of activities that don't enhance your career or personal life and minimize the time you spend on them.

- Ask for Help We are more productive and happier in our lives when we have a strong support system around us. So, reach out to your network. Vent to a friend ifyou need to. Ask for help from a co-worker. Don’t always feel the need to be the hero.

- Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way Don't assume that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. Even during a hectic day, you can take 10 or 15 minutes to do something that will recharge your batteries. Go for a walk, listen to music, talk to someone that you know makes you smile. Make a little time for the things that ignite your joy.


“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

Gary Keller, founder of Keller Williams Realty International



Time is really the only capitalthat any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.”

 —Thomas Edison

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

Dolly Parton


IFMA Events:

Chicago Chapter Golf Outing - May 23rd at Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago.
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Northern IL chapter – Networking Boat Cruise June 25th
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Northern IL Golf outing - Information coming soon

Best Regards,

Brett Ratajczak