October 1, 2023

Hello there!

The 12 months is shifting swiftly and as my checklist of issues to do appears to be rising endlessly, I’m misplaced the place to start.

I not too long ago got here throughout the Eisenhower Matrix, additionally known as Pressing-Vital Matrix, which helps you determine on and prioritize duties by urgency and significance. It’s a straightforward framework that will help you minimize out the belongings you don’t must do your self, or in any respect, so as to concentrate on what you should do.

“In case you are all the time operating behind doing what’s pressing you’ll miss out on doing what’s essential,” writes Pooja Sriram, the working mum I not too long ago interviewed, which made me surprise if she applies the Eisenhower Matrix to her life too – am I the one one who didn’t learn about this? Higher late than by no means, I suppose.

Onto my interview for this week. That is the my first interview of 2023, with many others within the pipeline (so excited!).

I got here throughout Pooja on Linkedin. Aside from being a working mum, what drew me to her account was that she had a 100% distant job, had written books, and had a fairly cool podcast.

As I all the time say, the most effective factor about my publication is that it offers me a fantastic excuse to succeed in out to unimaginable mums who’re designing lives that they love and galvanizing others on the way in which.

By opening a window into the lives and habits of mums that encourage me, I hope to transmit that inspiration to you.

Right here is my dialog with Pooja.

Pooja Sriram together with her 4-year outdated son and husband

Q. Inform us a bit bit about your self (work, household and private pursuits/hobbies)

I’m a content material creator, a model marketer and a youngsters’s e-book writer! I dwell in Bangalore in India with my household and I’m a real South Indian by tradition.

I’ve numerous pursuits that embrace storytelling, mentoring and writing. I typically do visitor lectures and consulting and discover it liberating to mentor college students and share my learnings.

I take pleasure in my time with nature, animals and discover each doable second to construct recollections with my household.

Q. Did your skilled ambitions change after changing into a mum? If that’s the case, how?

My skilled ambitions have been all the time simply ‘a component’ of my life and by no means took over my life. I all the time knew I need to use my expertise to be financially impartial, and that didn’t change after motherhood. I didn’t ponder getting again to company life so early on after changing into a mom, however my husband supported and motivated me to maintain my ambitions alive.

Q. Inform us a bit about your distant position at Sprinklr and the way did you handle to get this distant alternative being primarily based in India?

My present position is considered one of content material and model advertising and marketing to create and distribute content material to assist a model develop within the SaaS house. I’ve been working remotely since earlier than the pandemic. It really makes it handy for working mums like me, who’re keen to place in 100% at work solely by having that tiny little bit of comfort and suppleness of being there for the household when wanted.

I obtained the chance to work at a number of companies remotely as a result of I used to be positive of what I needed to do, I had sufficient information to again my productiveness regardless of the place I labored from, and I didn’t shrink back to ask for what I needed. However because of Linkedin, the taking part in discipline was leveled effectively for me.

Q. How has having a distant job modified your life, each as an expert and a mum?

Having a distant position has been a blessing. If it was not for a distant position, I might have possible give up the company workspace. It retains me busy, challenged and enthusiastic in the course of the day when my 4-year outdated is at college. I take pleasure in being there for him when he’s house and I’m able to slot in some extracurricular actions for him.

The very best a part of being a Work From Dwelling mother is the truth that my son will get to see how I handle my time and perceive that I work onerous, take pleasure in doing what I do, and likewise find time for him when he wants me probably the most. Instructing him my model of work-life steadiness is a type of ‘present & inform’ on a regular basis at house.

Q. You’re the writer of two youngsters’s books! What impressed you to write down them?

My first e-book known as ‘Amma’s Work From Dwelling Buddy’ and true to its identify, it’s impressed by what occurs at our house (and plenty of different houses). It’s a straightforward e-book written for shared studying with younger youngsters to show them how their moms are busy, however but make time to be with them. The way in which I normalize work-life steadiness (if there may be any such factor!) is what impressed me to write down the e-book, however I needed to make it one which talks to youngsters and never a self assist one which talks to mothers (we now have too lots of them).

My second e-book known as ‘Hairdresser in a Hairless City’ which is a fictional story of how you can’t quit in tough conditions. As a mother of a 4-year outdated boy and aunt of a 7-year outdated, I typically pay attention in (generally eavesdrop!) on fascinating conversations between the boys. The baby unabashedly asks questions and the older one has excellent solutions prepared. Such conversations impressed me write a narrative to encourage extra conversations and get youngsters to give you their very own concepts to resolve an issue.

I’ve all the time preferred writing, however most of my writing has been on blogs and web sites. I needed my e-book writing to transcend the display screen onto tables, bedsides and bookshelves of houses and get younger readers to carry the e-book to learn reasonably than stare at a display screen.

Q. How do you encourage your son to learn?

My son likes books though he’s solely 4-years outdated and may learn solely 3-4 letter phrases slowly. We launched him to books very early on, and with time, the kind of books, the way in which we learn, the way in which we carry books into his day, has advanced. I write extensively on my weblog the place I’ve articles with tips on getting kids closer to books; studying which book to pick for your kid; and introducing Indian authors who write books for kids.

Q. Inform us a bit about Undertaking Spark, what impressed the launch of this podcast?

Undertaking Spark is a ardour venture. I co-host the podcast with a good friend and we do it as a result of we like making dialog, and amplifying voices of individuals round us. After creating lots within the digital medium (writing); creating much more within the visible medium (my instagram account is a visible diary); and even publishing within the print medium (my books); I used to be intrigued to see what I might do within the audio house. When my good friend mentioned it was her want to start out a podcast too, we determined to carry our skillsets collectively. We’ve got introduced on 25+ ladies in our first season of the podcast and have obtained some nice suggestions. (Test it out here)

Q. How are you doing all these items, and being a mum!? How do you handle your time?

It could sound clichéd, however you probably have time to scroll on Instagram or watch Netflix, you have got time for something. I do perceive that many moms should not have the luxurious of doing that, however that’s the place it turns into essential to set priorities. Perceive what’s essential in your life versus pressing. And break up your time neatly between them. In case you are all the time operating behind doing what’s pressing you’ll miss out on doing what’s essential. I’m lucky that I’ve assist for doing chores at house, and I’m grateful that it offers me time and freedom to do different issues.

One other easy trick that propels my want to do various things is a results of spending time on the ‘why’ reasonably than the ‘how’. If my ‘why’ to do one thing is powerful sufficient, I do know I’ll discover a solution to ‘how’ to find time for it.

Q. What’s your final aim as a working mum?

There aren’t any ultimatums in my life. I just like the mantra of going with the stream and making the most effective of each state of affairs.

The aim of life – mum or not, working or not, is to be blissful. To be blissful you’ll want to first be wholesome and every little thing else follows. I imagine that as a working mother, I’m able to be financially impartial, use my time productively, help in offering for the household – and this retains us all wholesome (bodily & mentally) and blissful. I hope to maintain this equation intact and sustainable. That’s the solely aim.

Q. The place do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration is throughout us. We simply must take a second to pause and soak it in. Observing site visitors can encourage you to write down a tune. Taking a look at fish swim can encourage you to journey. There aren’t any boundaries of inspiration. My largest inspiration is my son. I have a look at the world and am unlearning and studying via his views.

Q. What’s your finest productiveness hack?

Unsure if there’s a higher time period for it, however I wish to tempo my duties and do them in chunks. For instance, I learn a e-book until a chapter ends, then I take a break; I end writing 5 emails, then I take a break; I pay attention to at least one episode of a podcast then I take a break. This manner, I don’t burden myself to do one factor repeatedly, or set a schedule that isn’t versatile. By pacing myself as I do various things, I’m able to full extra issues and never really feel the stress of any particular exercise.

Q. What do you do in your ‘me-time’ and the way does it make it easier to?

I get up earlier than the remainder of my household and that the one true ‘me time’ I get. I’ve to watch out to not make noise so I can lengthen that point so long as doable! My ‘me time’ is normally me staring into nature or working towards yoga, concentrating alone breath and nothing else.

Q. What’s your recommendation to mums seeking to do extra each professionally and personally?

When you concentrate on desirous to do one thing, my recommendation is to consider ‘why’ you need to do it. If the ‘why’ is evident, every little thing will fall in place.

Q. Favorite software that makes your life simpler?

My cellphone! It’s my window to the world.

Q. Favorite quote

“At times it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and simply be blissful.”- Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet

Q. Neatest thing you have got learn or watched these days

E-book: Mindset by Carol Dweck. Extremely advisable!

When you’ve got any extra questions for Pooja or need to join together with her for something, you possibly can attain right here through this text ( depart a remark under or electronic mail me and I’ll join you), or you could find her on her website or Linkedin; and you may hearken to her podcast Undertaking Spark, here.

That’s all for this week. Have one!