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Asking for what you need without burning out

What do you do if you’re living through unprecedented times, dealing with increased demands, policies from work that seem to require that you work at an impossible rate and pressure at home from your little ones pulling on your emotions and requiring your constant attention? How do you make it stop and get the changes you need before you start to head for burnout?  You’re not super human and you can only do so much. You can try to do it all but at some point you will more likely find yourself feeling like it’s too much and you will...

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Should I stay or should I go?

When things become difficult at work or we’re not enjoying it anymore the first question we often ask ourselves is, “Should I carry on doing this?”. Wouldn’t it just be easier to leave this challenging place and do something completely different, something that’s more me?  Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a job that fits around the children more easily and take this crazy pressure off me, trying to build a career and raise a family? At the moment many women, especially those who are career-focused parents, are asking themselves...

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Keeping hold of your vision

At the start of the year I wrote an article about how to form your vision for your career or business and then work out a plan of how you’re going to get there. Simple, right? Well it seemed that way only a few short weeks ago. But what none of us foresaw was how this year was going to shape up, and the unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in, living through a global pandemic that not only puts our immediate health at risk, but our livelihoods and our future. So what do we do? For now many of us are focusing on the day to...

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How to work around your family in a crisis

As a career coach who helps women to build family-friendly careers and supports women to create good work-life balance, I feel like now should be my time to step up and advise on the way forward as the government yesterday announced that from Monday schools and nurseries will close for most children and their continuing education will be in the home. But I’m no expert in home schooling and from the little I do know about it a good chunk of home schooling actually takes place outside the home within a supportive and dedicated...

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Finding your Balance

It’s February half-term this week which to me illuminates the pull between work and home perfectly for a lot of women at this time of year. On one hand it’s a great time to have extended time with your children. If, that is, you have enough holiday leave to cover it, and, of course, you want to. Taking enforced leave, however, possibly at a time when work is flying or your business is gathering momentum, can feel frustrating and adds to the feeling of imbalance as home needs have to take precedence over work needs. Alternatively,...

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Keeping your vision crystal clear in 2020

So we’re two weeks into the new year pretty much. How are things going for you so far? Are you keeping to the resolutions or intentions you set yourself at the end of 2019? If you’re not, or you haven’t even started to look at them and implement them, here are a few tips to keep everything going in the right direction. Get clear on your vision If you’re not clear on what you are aiming for then it’s always going to be a battle to get the results you are looking for. For some people setting goals really helps to motivate them but for...

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What’s the plan?

I like a plan. I think it harks back to when I was working as a solicitor and I had constant deadlines that I needed to meet. The skillset has never left me and the desire to be clear about looking ahead and working out what needs to be done to get to my goals is just in me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into detailed plans that you must live and breath by. That’s way too restrictive and as we all know that life has a habit of throwing curve balls at us even when we have a plan in place. So the plans I’m talking about are of the big...

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