by Niall Devitt on August 28th, 2012 No Comments
Niall Devitt is a doer, not a talker when it comes to social media. Niall advises organisations how to plan, design and implement social media strategies that generate real business returns. Niall is Chief Digital Strategist & Founder at the Ahain Group, an independent, ideas-led social business consultancy with experience of working with all types of clients and sectors– from large blue-chip multinationals to the 1 SMEs. Download our industry specific and researched social business reports. In 2009, Niall co-founded TweakYourBiz.com (formally Bloggertone.com) an international, business community and online publication.
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Oh you are so speaking my language. What the media portraits i.e. Heidi Klum and how it might be behind the scenes is not always what it seems. Unfortunately its always us putting ourselves under pressure to be that little bit more perfect
Great post Mairead, I am sure it will
resonate with every working mum, in or outside the home. I have been
contemplating the 168hrs recently myself, and the ease to fit in time for the
things we really want to do.
I agree with “We all get the same one hundred
and sixty eight hours per week, it is simply a matter of deciding how you want
to allocate them.” And it’s important to note that 32% successful business owner,
simply means that we are not spending 168 hours on our business but 50+ which
is a lot for a busy mum. It’s all about getting the balance right and that is
an individual challenge.
By letting go, we can hang on
I like your approach and the charts make it all clearer. There’s a lot of myth about this and part of it is because moms have been lead to believe they must be perfect. As if everybody else is!
You’re right Elaine, by letting go, we can hang on…the trick is knowing what to let go of and what to hang onto. Many business owners work way more hours on their business then 50+, I think a Mum who is also juggling the others things would love to be able to spend more time working on her business than she can…so maybe it is a blessing in disguise.
It’s always good to re-evaluate what we want to do with our time, it’s something I re-visit at least every 6 months.
We all do it, at least until we wake up to the fact that these women are NOT actually doing it themselves, they have nannies, P.A.s, housekeepers etc to do a lot of the grunt work and we forget that, then only see the perfect turned out ‘public persona’ that they dispay to the world.
I’m so glad it resonated with you. Hopefully you can decide how to distribute your time to suit your lifestyle and stop putting yourself under pressure so much.
Absolutely Mag, I created them to demonstrate visually to a client who couldn’t get her head around how not being organised and being constantly under (self-imposed) pressure was adding to her stresses. Once she ‘got it’ it was amazing to see the relief on her face when she decided exactly on how she could best use her time. Like a lot of us she had bought into the fairytale.
I love this post…it’s very true. I especially note the drop of social life from 30% to 5% – as you say, something has to give and hard work, really hard work, like the hard work it takes to do well….takes compromise.
When I realised that I could compromise with everything – I started to be so much smarter with all my time energy…..but hey, that’s only a good day!
It’s funny @google-441532967d78662173358313058a431a:disqus the amount of business owners that have noticed that particular part of the equation reducing significantly. I think as we start out we find it so engaging and time-consuming that we really don’t notice it so much until others start complaining that they don’t see us as much anymore.
When we get the balance adjusted to suit the lifestyle we want we then decide whether to up the social life or something else…ultimately the choice is always ours though.
Love this post more and more I hear women bemoan the workload and are tired of juggling all the BAlls in the air.I blame Germaine Greer for all her liberated ideas!! recently I heard her interviewed and she had changed her mantra quite a bit also! Maybe the current bunch of Teenagers finishing school will get the balance Just Right I hope I ve guided my 2 teens in the right direction.
We all learn as we get older, I certainly don’t believe or think like I did in my early 20′s when my elder two were born. Germaine Greer had her place as a voice for women when a lot of women had no voice, and there is no point in blaming anyone, that doesn’t get us anywhere. People will get the balance right when they decide what is right for them and stick with it, not what society decides is right for them. Attitudes are changing for the better towards working and child-raising and that can only be a good thing. Thank you for taking the time to comment Susan.
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