It’s tight, moms, so give yourself rope to find balance


It’s tight, moms, so give yourself rope to find balance

Being a working mother is no easy task, but here’s some advice from a busy executive on how to balance your life

Deodra Reddy

Becoming a single mother at a young age necessitated a strong drive to succeed and, at 34, I find myself in a position where I lead three core functions in a global pharmaceutical company, which is a career that demands long hours, focus and drive. Ultimately, that ever-elusive work-life balance that everyone so craves is a luxury.

In my case, on the surface, there is the executive, the in-house counsel and then the person who exists behind the corporate facade. Many working women like myself are equal parts human and career person, and achieving the necessary balance between the two requires mindfulness — conscious mechanisms that help you exist as a mother, a wife, an individual and an executive simultaneously.

As a female, there is the traditional expectation that you are a partner, mother, sister and daughter to your family. If you work from home, as so many of us do because of Covid-19, it is inevitable work will encroach on family time. In my experience, the best you can do is practise cognisance, rather than try to juggle home and work life simultaneously. This is by no means advice that would necessarily work for every working mom out there. Nevertheless, for me, a few non-negotiable pillars help achieve a semblance of what can be perceived as balance. ..

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