Take Your Work Skills Home: Tips from the Workplace to Save You Time at Home
Women have natural collaborative skills which can be a great asset in and out of the work environment. Just like we believe in empowering employees and holding them accountable in the work environment that is exactly what we need to do in our home.
Unfortunately, women are so guilt ridden for wanting to satisfy both their personal and professional desires that we over compensate for our spouses and our children. As a former senior corporate executive and now an entrepreneur I can say with confidence that it takes a true commitment and ongoing resilience to find peace with not trying to be "superwoman." We have to remember that superwoman is dead.
To be alive is to choose to not only empower ourselves but to empower others, to be intentional about not taking on the martyr role and to be purposeful in finding happiness in the moment by using every skill that we possess.
Consider these tips to improve your ability to find success in both sides of your life.
Tip #1: Remember that everyone wants to be valued, if you don't give them a role to play they can't be valued. At the beginning of the week collaborate on who owns what in terms of chores, errands and responsibilities in the house; then hold everyone including yourself accountable.
Tip #2: There is no better gift than the gift of freedom and independence. The best way to develop your children is to practice the same techniques that you use in developing employees: set stretch goals; coach them to guide their development and then celebrate their growth!
Tip #3: Designate a place for everything. How many times have you been at work and couldn't find the one thing that you were looking for? What that led to is "best practice" development. In my house we have an area for junk mail and important mail. That simple little separation saves me time and frustration. In the laundry room, we have a bin for color clothes and white clothes. In the freezer items are marked with the type of meat and the date. You wouldn't think about hunting for a client file-so get organized from the inside out. You'll immediately reap the rewards.
Tip #4: Lighten up. Even in the work environment nothing is perfect. In fact, nothing is perfect anywhere so accept that things will go wrong. Take another lesson from the work environment, use problems as an opportunity to develop a new practice to improve the process. Process improvement is so fashionable!
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