What Matters

I've been reflecting on what matters, lessons learned, practices to experiment with and ideas worth exploring.

How did it come to this?

"How did it come to this?", she asked.  She sounded helpless and defeated. This smart, successful woman was juggling motherhood with her demanding role while in COVID lockdown in Melbourne. When we caught up, she was bouncing her two year old on her lap with her six year old “schooling” beside her, tugging on her every 10 minutes. That day she’d had meetings presenting to the leadership team, delivered a town hall briefing to hundreds and pumped out a couple of board papers. She’d provided emotional support for her team who were struggling under similar...

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Putting yourself out there

Sometimes you need to just put yourself out there.  I know this.  I coach others on this very topic.

However, I admit to a Knowing / Doing gap.  A strong perfectionist streak can hold me back from sharing my thinking before I have had time to fully develop it.  Sitting on my ideas though means that an opportunity can pass by while I am still working out the tentacles.

My challenge for this month is to "publish" my thinking while still draft, and invite others to toss the concept around.

#courage #perfectionism #brave #transparent #publish #draft #collaborate...

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Start dreaming again

Malcolm Forbes said "When you cease to dream you cease to live" and yet as a working mum, who has time to DREAM?!

So many of my girlfriends are so busy juggling children, their jobs, their partners that they barely have time for their day to day let alone personal goals and dreams beyond just surviving whatever is coming down the pipe next!

I'm not sure if it was too much economics influence at school but I've always used 5-year plans to guide my life choices...  I'm not one for a detailed 12-month plan but a 5-year plan works well.. and I've had a 5-year plan in place since I was...
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What if you don't like Vision Boards?

All this push toward visual goals is fine, but I am not a vision board kinda girl... so where does this leave me? Look don't get me wrong, I've pinned gorgeous vision boards on Pinterest too! They are great to look at but I still haven't put my wedding photos into an album... I'm just not that kind of girl :P

I've found journaling a great visual aid for goal setting, tracking progress and to capture dreams, manage projects and a whole host of to-do lists!  Google bullet journal or check out #bujo on insta for a whole lot of inspiration. The ideas seem endless (as does the washi tape!)....
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My terrible Christmas habit

I have a terrible habit.  Every year I write Christmas Cards but don't send them.

Usually, about this time of year, I start buying cards. Beautiful cards. I think of all the people I care about and start writing. Beautiful words pour out sharing how I feel about them and wishing them a fabulous festive season and a wonderful new year. Piles of cards. Piles stacked high. ..but then the pile of cards is still there in February!

 
Piles of Christmas Cards
 
My love languages are Acts of Service and Words of Affirmation and so writing (cards & letter writing, emailing, texting) words of support,...
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Passion & Purpose

Passion in your life brings a sense of purpose and meaning to your everyday.

Whatever you're passionate about helps you to understand your values in life, and that's a wonderful thing.  If you know what brings you excitement and meaning, you can choose to experience more of it.  Understanding your passions and the things that give you a sense of purpose will help when setting goals, dreaming and more importantly, determining how to best spend your time and energy.

#passion #purpose #goals #meaning #life #time #energy #onpurposewithpurpose 

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Scaffolding for working mums

I don't know about you but I need help - and a lot of it!

To get through an average week as a mum working in an executive role with some travel thrown in, I access a lot of help. I have a whole lot of scaffolding in place to help to avoid the work / life collision.
 
A key part of my scaffolding is a nanny / mother's help who is with us from 3-7 pm each afternoon. She does school pick up, feeds the kids afternoon tea, supervises homework session, packs lunches for the next day and prepares dinner. She also does about an hour of housework like laundry or staying on top of the floors...
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Build the recharge in upfront

 

A week at the beach with the children at the end of a long project has been a good reminder of the importance of taking time to recharge.  In the first month of the project, our team discussed the recovery plans - what good looked like included a successful delivery, exceeding expectations and then some time off before returning to the day jobs.  This became an asset to our team as we worked through a challenging project with extensive travel and time away from family.  The week at the beach for me to recharge became an incentive for the children and a reward for putting up...

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Do you start your day with email?

Do you start your day by triaging your email?  This may feel like work but delivers little value and ensures your day is shaped by other people's agendas.  Start your day working out what you need to achieve and grow from there. #survivalguide #corporatejungle #productivity 

by Austin Distel on @Unsplash

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How to tell if you are burned out and what to do about it

Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed? Feeling detached from your work? Know you aren't performing like you could?

There is a difference between feeling tired and being burned out. Burnout was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019 as an occupational phenomenon. Burnout stems from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. 

The three main signs of burnout are: 

1. Feeling exhausted or lack of energy

More than feeling physically tired, you may feel completely drained of energy. Despite feeling exhausted, you may experience trouble sleeping...

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