Keeping on top of your goals - Part 1

Keeping on top of your goals  - Part 1

Goals are easy to make. It is achieving them that can be difficult, especially when you have an unpredictable little person to look after. Working towards your goals can easily get put to one side as your child will always take precedence over anything you might want to do. Equally, in work, your colleagues' expectations or demands can get to the top of the pile and your goals end up on the "one day..." list.

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Keep it simple - Goal setting

Keep it simple - Goal setting

It is often said that time travels fast, but with a baby, it seems to have accelerated at an alarming rate. Baby is already five months, sitting up and teething. How time flies when you are having fun (and not much sleep).

So often in business, we can also feel like time is travelling too fast. Especially if there are big deadlines that have to be met and work piles up into a never-ending mountain. Most of these things are not governed by you but someone more senior. Your focus is determined by what the business wants you to work on.

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Plan To Start The Day The Right Way

Plan To Start The Day The Right Way

A wise mother of 3 told me today that she starts every day before everyone else. She has three adult children and for years she has woken up before the rest of the household. When I asked her why she told me "so I can start my day right". She takes 30 minutes to an hour before everyone else and prepares herself for the day. She will then sit quietly with a cup of coffee and mull over the day ahead. She has a chance to pray and plan for what is going to happen over the next 12 hours without any interruptions. It is her alone time with her thoughts. 

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"Me Time" - Investing in you

"Me Time" - Investing in you

My mum recently told me her productivity tip for life "try and carve out some space in your busy life for 'Me Time'. You will be refreshed, and a better mum as a result." In business I am a yes lady, I like to be helpful and a real team player. I don't like to let people down or say no, so more often than not I will say yes and find a way of helping. The more I say yes though the more it takes away from the work I need to do. 

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Preparing for the Most Important Meeting of your Life

Preparing for the Most Important Meeting of your Life

In a person's career they can think back to defining moments that helped to set the course for the rest of their working lives; whether it was attending a conference, being introduced to someone, giving a keynote speech. There are moments of significance that act as stepping stones to propel us onto our next "big thing". They say "fail to prepare, you prepare to fail" and so often in business we go above and beyond in preparation for those key moments. Why then did I fail to prepare for my most important meeting of all? Meeting my baby.  

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Take Time to Reflect

Take Time to Reflect

They say that children grow up fast or you might have heard parents say "it only feels like yesterday they were that small" or "enjoy them now because they don't stay little forever" and I am discovering it is so true!  Time is whizzing away from me. My daughter is coming up to 4 months, I am a third of the way through my maternity leave and it just feels like yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. My still,quiet bundle is now strong, smiling, noisy and teething! 

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Parents Aren't Afraid of Giving Referrals

Parents Aren't Afraid of Giving Referrals

Asking for recommendations, gaining referrals and networking are elements in business which some people can struggle with. So much so, that SNH developed sessions to tackle the issues and help people to reach out to their professional network and others. 

The same emotional restrictions do not occur though when people hear you are about to become a mother. People are very quick to give advice, recommend what worked for them and refer you to a mountain of businesses that offer good baby related services. 

Why then do we find work related referrals so difficult?

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Breastfeeding Sucks!

Breastfeeding Sucks!

Breastfeeding I was not prepared for! When I was pregnant I had read up on labour, done the NCT classes and religiously checked on the different stages of the baby's growth. I was well informed and mentally prepared for labour and what was to come. My pregnancy was text book; straight forward and no complications. My body was performing daily miracles and doing what it was meant to do and so I knew when the time came, my natural instincts would take over and I didn't need to worry about labour. I didn't however think much about breastfeeding because again I thought my body would take over and do what it was designed to do. 

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£1278.85 needed if you are having a baby

£1278.85 needed if you are having a baby

When you discover you are pregnant there is a mixture of emotions you feel in a brief moment; happy, excited, nervous, apprehensive, joy and the greatest one for me was SHOCK! We were so surprised when we found out we were pregnant. We had just got back from a trip of a life time in South Africa, where I did all the things you probably shouldn’t do at four weeks. I went wine tasting, horse riding, ate seafood, went zip lining from trees over  a river all whilst I was blissfully unaware I was pregnant. I had been joking whilst away that I was “with child” but when I returned I thought I better take a pregnancy test just in case. I was so surprised when the test (and second test) instantly showed positive.

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Newborn New-Mum

Newborn  New-Mum

The biggest change for me when becoming a mother is that everything takes so long! You need a 2 hour build up to leave the house, your house takes a week to be put back to its clean state and doing your makeup often takes 3 sittings! Your day becomes compartmentalised into 3 hour slots. These slots are determined by when baby feeds. If you are lucky between these slots you might get one nappy change and an hour or two when the baby is sleeping. It is during the sleeping time where the new mother has a choice: do they sleep also? Do they get on with the housework, do exercise or maybe even try and do the odd piece of work?

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