Balancing Work and Home When you are Young
We speak to three young women from the IT industry and it is amazing to hear from them what they consider are the challenges they face at home. What does it mean to balance work and home, for today's young woman ? What kind of challenges do they face ? And what techniques for them ?
Some of these challenges may resonate with you. You may have tried some other ways to address them. Or, maybe these inputs will help you. Or, you may want to share your own tips. How ? Listen on..
What the New Indian Woman podcast is about
As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and propose ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, we meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitate sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the first category.
And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.
What's in this episode:
There are 3 questions I focus on, in this episode, with all the 3 guests, as relevant. What are the top 3 things they do to manage work and home well as a woman, their top productivity tip and about child care options.
Ramya talks about how we try to create this perfect wife or daughter in law image which is not sustainable and then she talks about what is the most effective way to do the balancing. And she indeed has a very different productivity tip.
Then we meet someone who has a toddler and the challenges only increase and are of a different order. She talks about her priority of spending quality time with her toddler and that influencing everything in her day. We see her stretching her hours to make sure she is able to get time with her toddler. Her top productivity tip is also influenced by this perspective. And then, we focus on child care options available and the challenges around that and how money doesn’t seem to help matters. There is some wishful thinking also here. We also talk about her expectation from other members of the family. I wonder what would that be for you ?
We proceed with the same questions with someone who has slightly older children, of early school going age. She shares about her journey and how she had to decide to switch off from work when she spends time with her kids. She shares her reflection on how she and her husband had to become aware of, discuss and let go of something that was affecting them a lot. She also shares her productivity tip and what she struggles with. The child care option that she engaged in and the challenges therein are also interesting to note.
These discussions are intended to let us understand and appreciate these perspectives. Plus, these should be prompts for us to examine our own challenges.
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