My Full Life has been such a great experience so far for me, I hope that you are learning as much as I am. On Monday, I shared my twelfth interview and I have many more to go. Today I am sharing the lessons I’ve learned from the women I’ve featured in the last six weeks. (for the first set of lessons, head here)
My goal is to continue the series through all of 2018, so as always please send any feedback my way! I’m always looking to improve and would love any questions or requests. I hope we continue to learn more from many more amazing women just like these ladies!
Mutual Support and Growth
When Anne was describing her recent leadership training, she mentioned that “the goal so far has been to identify the value that makes me tick and to then tap into that strength to further my professional goals and motivate my team. For me, my top value was “family,” of course, so my focus is on mutual support and growth.” That struck a cord with me and this is something that I have been focusing on at home as well. This mindset helps me as a mother and a spouse.
Striving for Balance
My conversation with Henderson was an inspiring one and I gained so much from her story. One thing that struck me was how clear her priorities were. She responded with ” feel like some days are more balanced than others, but it’s always a juggling act. Being patient with yourself and with the process helps. I think it’s one of those things that I will always be working and striving towards” when I asked about how she made time for her family, career, relationships and herself. I really admire her for making all her choices based on making decisions that are best for her family.
Setting Digital Boundaries
My dear friend Lauren shared a secret with me when it came to her secret to finding balance and her definition of success. “You have to be the one to manage your boundaries” she said as she described her recent decision to turn her work email off on her phone. I followed suit and have stayed strong with keeping my work email off on my phone 80% of the time. On the weekends it’s been off completely and most nights I’ll keep it off unless I’m waiting on something important. This has been HUGE for my stress levels as I’m actually able to shut off. I highly recommend giving it a try!
Managing an ever growing to-do list
I loved the way my friend Jana described her approach to managing her time as she’s learning to manage life with two kids. “Although I have a running list of things to do – that continues to grow! – I make sure that the things that aren’t for my family, for my business, or that bring joy to my life are at the bottom of the list.” This made me think again about priorities and I started to realize this is one common thread all of the successful women I interviewed so far- they have very clear priorities!
It’s up to us
On the same vein, Monica also made it very clear in her interview that her priorities were clearly defined. “It’s all up to us if we want to prioritize on balance” she said and when I asked her her secrets to organizing her time she said “My advice is to do what you feel must be done.” Yes- I love a woman who gets straight to the point and I couldn’t agree more!
Work will always be there
Last but not least, Kristin’s honest conversation on coming back from a season of burnout made us all think. ” I need to take time to take care of myself first, then family, and work last. If I want to keep enjoying the quality time with my family, I need to make sure I’m keeping myself happy and less anxious. Work will always be there, but it shouldn’t overtake the other two priorities. As long as I keep reminding myself of this importance, I think I’ll be able to move toward being the best version of myself.” If that isn’t the perfect end goal, I’m not sure what is!