Returning & balancing your return
Posted: Tuesday April 2 2019
By: Guest Blogger
My last blog for MMB was entitled ‘ You can have it all!’ and it’s a title which got me thinking! being able to access a fulfilling career whilst managing childcare or other responsibilities is one of the biggest reasons people access the courses and support we offer at Tech Returners, and so we are firm believers in ‘having it all’ BUT, we also realise that when the washing pile is halfway up the wall, when you’re ordering pizza for the 3rd night on the run instead of cooking dinner or projects are piling up in the workplace, that you may not feel like ‘your managing it all’ And so for this month’s blog I’ve decided to share just a few practical tips on finding space, balance and acceptance.
Set out objectives when returning
Returning & balancing your return. My first piece of advice is around setting objectives which is something I find incredibly useful and valuable, each week I like to set out my objectives from a personal and professional point of view really focusing on what I need and want to achieve that week. From a personal point of view it might be how many times I want to do the school run, get to the gym or even read a book for a hour. From a professional point of view it might be meeting with my team, attending events or doing the finances! I find the old fashioned list and ticking things off as I go works really well throughout the week and setting objectives overall also helps to prioritise the things which are important, more on that later! The MMB Returner Survey also supports the need for more support upon returns.
A quick look at LinkedIn will find you faced with plenty of posts imploring you to get up at 4am and hustle – sure if that’s your thing fair enough but since you’re here reading this blog I suspect it isn’t! And so my advice is to prioritise the things you really need to get done and don’t get caught up in things which are unproductive – do you really need to go to every meeting you’re invited to? Can you dial into the meeting instead? Do you spend several hours by the football pitch or at ballet class every week – can you use that time more effectively to achieve both professional and personal tasks that you’ve prioritised?