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Having It All Means Giving It Your All

Having It All Means Giving It Your All

Laura Maness

Laura Maness

April 25, 2019

But it also means finding time for yourself and indulging in self-care, writes Havas NYC's Laura Maness

"You don’t have to find the answer or have the right answer. It’s about the answer finding you."

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By Laura Maness
CEO, Havas New York
April 25, 2019

 

Although being a working mom is not a new concept, there remains an ongoing conversation of whether work-life balance is a fallacy and if women can have it all: career, love, family, downtime. Although it’s challenging, many women have found the key to doing both simultaneously and successfully. Yet 43% of highly-qualified women with children are leaving their careers or taking a break from them. While many of these decisions are made by choice, the struggle, as they say, is real.

With that in mind, in celebration of National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, below are ways working moms can continue to find tremendous success in the boardroom while being able to also raise and enjoy a healthy and happy family.

Reframe your balance as presence

So what is the key? For many, it’s simply about perspective. Stop struggling to find work-life balance because the reality is that there is no perfect equation. Reframe the way you think about work and life as work-life integration and give yourself permission to devote your full attention wherever you are and be all in, be it the boardroom or the playroom.

To do this, create boundaries, such as telling your team that each night from 6:30–8:30 you will be offline to allow yourself to be present and in the moment. Once the kids go to bed and your spouse is happily ensconced in Game of Thrones, you can get back online to finish the day’s work or simply take a moment in a cozy spot you’ve created for yourself to do something that brings you joy.

Make meaningful decisions

Being a working mom doesn’t mean that you go to work and go home. You also need to carve out one-on-one time with your significant other, time with friends and family and, importantly, time for yourself.

To achieve that mix of time well spent, you need to self reflect and make meaningful decisions about what’s important in your life. Do you love watching your son score at his basketball games? Go scream in the stands for him. Does working out clear your head? Make that SoulCycle class a priority. Does an upcoming presentation need extra work tonight? Reprioritize and dig into that deck. Thinking of the bigger picture will help you make thoughtful choices that make an impactful difference.

Combine your worlds

Ask yourself: What meaningful difference do I want to make in the world? For some, it might make the most sense to create your own destiny by combining your passions of being a mother and a successful businesswoman. Whether it becomes your primary career or a side hustle, leverage your best skills and passions to solve a pain point that’s meaningful to you. You may love and be great at bringing people in your community together and fueling imaginations. Take that excitement and create a new experience for kids and modern parents, which will fulfill your professional aspirations and satisfy your personal ambition.

 

Read the full article

 

"You don’t have to find the answer or have the right answer. It’s about the answer finding you."

Adweek

By Laura Maness
CEO, Havas New York
April 25, 2019

 

Although being a working mom is not a new concept, there remains an ongoing conversation of whether work-life balance is a fallacy and if women can have it all: career, love, family, downtime. Although it’s challenging, many women have found the key to doing both simultaneously and successfully. Yet 43% of highly-qualified women with children are leaving their careers or taking a break from them. While many of these decisions are made by choice, the struggle, as they say, is real.

With that in mind, in celebration of National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, below are ways working moms can continue to find tremendous success in the boardroom while being able to also raise and enjoy a healthy and happy family.

Reframe your balance as presence

So what is the key? For many, it’s simply about perspective. Stop struggling to find work-life balance because the reality is that there is no perfect equation. Reframe the way you think about work and life as work-life integration and give yourself permission to devote your full attention wherever you are and be all in, be it the boardroom or the playroom.

To do this, create boundaries, such as telling your team that each night from 6:30–8:30 you will be offline to allow yourself to be present and in the moment. Once the kids go to bed and your spouse is happily ensconced in Game of Thrones, you can get back online to finish the day’s work or simply take a moment in a cozy spot you’ve created for yourself to do something that brings you joy.

Make meaningful decisions

Being a working mom doesn’t mean that you go to work and go home. You also need to carve out one-on-one time with your significant other, time with friends and family and, importantly, time for yourself.

To achieve that mix of time well spent, you need to self reflect and make meaningful decisions about what’s important in your life. Do you love watching your son score at his basketball games? Go scream in the stands for him. Does working out clear your head? Make that SoulCycle class a priority. Does an upcoming presentation need extra work tonight? Reprioritize and dig into that deck. Thinking of the bigger picture will help you make thoughtful choices that make an impactful difference.

Combine your worlds

Ask yourself: What meaningful difference do I want to make in the world? For some, it might make the most sense to create your own destiny by combining your passions of being a mother and a successful businesswoman. Whether it becomes your primary career or a side hustle, leverage your best skills and passions to solve a pain point that’s meaningful to you. You may love and be great at bringing people in your community together and fueling imaginations. Take that excitement and create a new experience for kids and modern parents, which will fulfill your professional aspirations and satisfy your personal ambition.

 

Read the full article

 

Laura Maness is the Chief Executive Officer of Havas New York, the North America flagship agency of Havas Creative.

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