It dawned on me the other day that I don’t do meetings, yeah like doh, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out! As a virtual team, instead of meetings we have conversations, (skype) chats, Yammer conversations, emails and telephone calls (normally just for customer enquiries).
The more I thought about it the more I became grateful for the way I work. This is not an overnight process – it has happened over years.
There was a time when I felt like I had to pretend about my work environment. Pretend to look big. Pretend to be professional. Pretend not to have kids. Pretend to know what I’m doing (!)
Not anymore – infact I think it is increasingly important to show to the world and the people I serve the way that I do work, openly and honestly is the best policy. I love the fact that I am ‘supermum’ when infact I’m not all that super. I’ve just slowly been working towards my ideal work-life balance. Anyone can do it and those that are doing it should share more of their experiences.
Reasons why I’m grateful about my work:
- I work around my kids
- Starting next week I will be homeschooling/unschooling my eldest son
- I don’t have a commute
- I save money on travelling and making healthy food at home (I can slow cook many meals!)
- I like to live a balanced life – this can mean playing tennis mid-morning, hanging out with my kids and/or working any time of the day. I put in enough hours in the day at a time that suits me, but also get to do the things that are important to me.
- I get to make decisions on the spot without any bureaucracy, if I want to!
- I feel empowered, content and satisfied - the best way to be feeling about life.
Of course this paints a very ROSIE picture. Pun intended! The journey hasn’t been all perfect, it takes time, it can be hard and stressful to make things work financially. It also takes commitment to see things through.
I guess my secret ingredient is this commitment. I’m committed to my family, I’m committed to my life and I’m committed to making my work life and business work. This is what I focus on – day in and day out.
The picture I see is one of freedom and flexibility. I literally block out anything else that isn’t part of my vision. I’ve not achieved my goals yet, but I definitely think I am on the right track.