My thanks to all you other Mums

I wanted to thank everyone that responded to my heartfelt post about overload.  I have been touched by every response.  Something so beautiful about Mums and the blogging community.  And I am pleased to say that I am taking two very tangible steps to making my work life balance better.  The first is that due to quite a large amount of accrued annual leave I am in a position to take a day off every fortnight for the rest of the year, and still have a reasonable amount of leave left.  A three day weekend every other week…utter bliss!  I think it will really help with me not taking work home as well, as I will put up my auto-reply out of office email on a Friday night and I think actively switch off from work.  I will probably wish that it was every week!  And I will admit I did seriously think about that, I almost had enough accrued annual leave to do that, but then would have nothing up my sleeve should a holiday opportunity arise.  So as off June that will be my working life for the rest of the year, nine days a fortnight.  You might say I am counting down.

The second is more work related.  I am about to meet with an executive coach because I want to ensure I am delegating as effectively as I could.  Now I do not think I am bad at this, but I think I could do with some improvement in this regard.  I am always a person to take on responsibility, forgetting I have a great team to assist me, and that my role is to lead.  Albeit I personally think good leadership includes some doing.  So some work on my lead/do balance is something I have initiated and I am looking forward to this as well.

So hopefully pretty soon I will look like this more often – and I will get to spend more time with my wee crazy!

5 thoughts on “My thanks to all you other Mums

  1. Well done! Your team will love you for it. It gives them an opportunity to grow themselves and feel appreciated in their work. Inherently, good delegation show trust and respect for your subordinates. Win win!!!

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  2. It’s good for both you and your colleagues to review your work practices. Having been on both sides of worker/ manager I know the frustration that can come when a manager continues to carry the load and are seen/perceived to be hogging the ‘good’ work. Now I don’t know the details so I’m not saying this is the/your issue but your positive steps to getting your own life in balance will be good for your co-workers as well. It will show how you all can work in a more healthy way. Also please take a lunch break, go away from your desk for 30 minutes, it will help you make sensible decisions the rest of the day. You can’t work well without proper nutrition and a rest. Hope you are enjoying your time off.

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