Supporting professional women in business | Professionelle

By WorkingMums

Here are a few ‘bright spot’ tips and tricks from like-minded professional women. As Brigid Schulte, author of “Overwhelm” describes them, “Real world Bright Spots are where things are already changing, and people are beginning to live more authentic lives, with time for meaningful work, close connection with family, loved ones, and community”

I have strived but hadn’t achieved for many years…but think this year’s plan is to take regular holidays (minimum one week long) that coincide with school holidays as the way forward.  These short breaks offer the chance to regain perspective, settle the stress down, and they don’t interrupt too much to the work flow.
Landscape Architect / Mother

Do double-duty – like do some dinner prep while you make breakfast and you’ve already got the chopping board out, and catch up on a TED talk while you commute.
Wordsmith Professional / Mother

Prioritise and be open to the small things that often get pushed aside. Cuddles, kisses and listening to your children and/or loved one/s. The dishes, laundry, work tasks CAN wait 10 minutes, but the love for one another cannot. (Even if your brain is fighting it, and you can’t handle another grubby hand anywhere near you!). Treasure and honour the relationships you have with your children and family.

Let things go. In the heat of the moment I always try to ask myself “Will this matter in 10 years?” and “Is this worth eroding my relationship with those I love?”  Sure, the kids haven’t had their teeth brushed or something wasn’t done the way you would do it but in the grand scheme of things it probably isn’t a deal breaker.  This strategy requires a lot of forbearance and breathing!!

Community Activist / Mother

My mantra (alongside reduce, reuse, recycle) goes something along the lines of ‘delete, delay, delegate, streamline’.  In the interests of efficiency – do it once and do it right (eg. put things away as you go, rather than into half-way houses where they need to be double-handled).
And reduce what you need to do (eg. don’t buy anything that needs ironing or hand-washing or dry-cleaning….).
Chief Executive / Mother

Having a holistic approach is really important.

  • Priortise yourself, your own health and wellbeing – ensuring you can do your best for all your duties and enjoy what you do.  As a mother that may mean having a morning off to read a book, exercise or go to an art class.  Something that keeps you grounded so you are at your best at all other times.
  • Your spouse and your children – making sure you value them more so than anything else and constantly remind them that they are more important than deadlines, work commitments etc.  Tension between you and your partner always imbalances your wellbeing, your family’s wellbeing and your work.
  • Work – how you feel about yourself or what happens at home establishes who you are at work and vice versa.  Try not to bring your work home.  Create a balance that you are happy with.

As long as we approach these situations with a holistic approach and remember that the relationships we have with our children and partners now, reflect a lifelong relationship.  I would hope that my children care and respect and priortise my health and wellbeing over work commitments come the day and I hope that they can still rely on me the same.
Sales Professional / Mother

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