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Sheryl Sandberg Leaves Work at 5:30. Why Can't You? |

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"I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I'm home for dinner with my kids at 6:00, and interestingly, I've been doing that since I had kids. I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it's not until the last year, two years, that I'm brave enough to talk about it publicly. Now I certainly wouldn't lie, but I wasn't running around giving speeches on it."

Clap clap clap! 

I guess the key is to work smarter, not harder.

Coming out of the closet and declaring who you are publicly is the first step to ending stigma and reclaiming pride. By loudly owning her choices, Sandberg makes it a little safer for the rest of us to declare that parents working late into the night is killer on families (Mashable points to research "that children are healthier, happier and better performing students when they eat with their families") and on personal productivity and health, making it a bit easier for those of us with less lofty positions to take back our schedules and admit that we need to work saner hours.

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