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Here are 6 home-hacks for working mothers who have a lot of things on their mind when resuming work after a break.
Most of the working mothers may have already figured out as to what works for them when resuming work after a break and maintaining that balance and rhythm.
However, I have listed a few suggestions which can help in making life simple and saving that tad bit extra energy needed to manage the myriad of responsibilities while drawing a balance between work and life.
Decision Fatigue, as any people tend to describe it. A little advanced planning for the weekly meals can save the mental energy and a lot of morning hassle when there is already a time crunch.
Simply alternating between a couple of breakfast options – eggs boiled, scrambled, omelette, egg sandwich, upma; you can create your own list for the five days as per your preferences.
The idea is to avoid the extra mental energy consumption for something in the morning that could be routinized. And needless to say, with that planning comes the weekly grocery list and shopping.
You cannot be spending time and effort on organizing and decluttering every day. But you can surely try the incremental decluttering, maybe on twice a week frequency.
Refrigerators generally tend to be the ones most abused in terms of purpose of use. Identifying such vices and keeping them in control will help you to not get overwhelmed.
Other things can be picked up at a more relaxed frequency and on days with better bandwidth.
We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. Introspect and find out those things that rejuvenate you. Either it’s me time or following a blog or writing something in your journal or anyone thing which is cathartic for you, needs to be done.
Believe me, these things give you that energy, perspective and the momentum to go on.
There are a lot of ideas you can pick from others and customize them to suit your needs. There are few YouTube channels and websites which I check on and off, and they do have some very doable suggestions and also add on too my perspective.
Simplify your space, there are multiple websites that will help you choose things ideal to your need! You will need to explore and create your own preferred list. The emphasis is that you do not have to start from scratch every time.
Plan your weekly office attire in advance. Taking a cue from the capsule wardrobe, keep it simple and yet chic. Extra number of monochrome outfits do no harm. Again, few professions this might not work where the creativeness of attire is a must.
I am coming more from the business look perspective, you have to research a bit and develop a wardrobe that you can mix and match.
One of my favourite books is – Power of Habit – Charles Duhig”. I don’t intend to cover the book here, but a key concept introduced in the book about keystone habits. One positive habit change can bring a snowball effect of positive changes in other areas of life.
I would suggest let that one area be wellness. Your wellness, if you do not have the bandwidth to do big bang changes – follow simple changes such as oil pulling to maybe fasting once in a week. Starting small with exercise targets or starting with walking.
Remember, walking is also a kind of meditation that helps you clear your thoughts.
Introduce tiny habit changes – maybe giving up ketchups, reducing refined flour, using organic cosmetics, writing the journal at least twice a week etc. and keep adding on as you feel the need too!
Last but not the least, learning to spend time with your own thoughts and “Being You”
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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