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Pooja Sriram, model marketer, writer and podcast host

Hello there!

The yr is shifting swiftly and as my checklist of issues to do appears to be rising endlessly, I’m misplaced the place to start.

I not too long ago got here throughout the Eisenhower Matrix, additionally known as Pressing-Necessary Matrix, which helps you resolve on and prioritize duties by urgency and significance. It’s a simple framework that will help you reduce out the belongings you don’t have to do your self, or in any respect, so to deal with what you should do.

“If you’re at all times operating behind doing what’s pressing you’ll miss out on doing what’s necessary,” writes Pooja Sriram, the working mum I not too long ago interviewed, which made me surprise if she applies the Eisenhower Matrix to her life too – am I the one one who didn’t find out about this? Higher late than by no means, I assume.

Onto my interview for this week. That is the my first interview of 2023, with many others within the pipeline (so excited!).

I got here throughout Pooja on Linkedin. Other than being a working mum, what drew me to her account was that she had a 100% distant job, had written books, and had a reasonably cool podcast.

As I at all times say, the perfect factor about my publication is that it provides me an incredible excuse to achieve out to unimaginable mums who’re designing lives that they love and provoking others on the way in which.

By opening a window into the lives and habits of mums that encourage me, I hope to transmit that inspiration to you.

Right here is my dialog with Pooja.

Pooja Sriram together with her 4-year previous son and husband

Q. Inform us a little bit bit about your self (work, household and private pursuits/hobbies)

I’m a content material creator, a model marketer and a youngsters’s ebook writer! I stay in Bangalore in India with my household and I’m a real South Indian by tradition.

I’ve various pursuits that embody storytelling, mentoring and writing. I typically do visitor lectures and consulting and discover it liberating to mentor college students and share my learnings.

I get pleasure from my time with nature, animals and discover each attainable second to construct reminiscences with my household.

Q. Did your skilled ambitions change after turning into a mum? If that’s the case, how?

My skilled ambitions have been at all times simply ‘a component’ of my life and by no means took over my life. I at all times knew I wish to use my expertise to be financially impartial, and that didn’t change after motherhood. I didn’t ponder getting again to company life so early on after turning into a mom, however my husband supported and motivated me to maintain my ambitions alive.

Q. Inform us a bit about your distant position at Sprinklr and the way did you handle to get this distant alternative being primarily based in India?

My present position is considered one of content material and model advertising and marketing to create and distribute content material to assist a model develop within the SaaS area. I’ve been working remotely since earlier than the pandemic. It really makes it handy for working mums like me, who’re keen to place in 100% at work solely by having that tiny little bit of comfort and suppleness of being there for the household when wanted.

I acquired the chance to work at a number of corporations remotely as a result of I used to be certain of what I wished to do, I had sufficient information to again my productiveness regardless of the place I labored from, and I didn’t shrink back to ask for what I wished. However because of Linkedin, the enjoying subject was leveled properly for me.

Q. How has having a distant job modified your life, each as an expert and a mum?

Having a distant position has been a blessing. If it was not for a distant position, I might have doubtless stop the company workspace. It retains me busy, challenged and enthusiastic through the day when my 4-year previous is at college. I get pleasure from being there for him when he’s dwelling and I’m able to slot in some extracurricular actions for him.

The very best a part of being a Work From Residence mother is the truth that my son will get to see how I handle my time and perceive that I work exhausting, get pleasure from doing what I do, and likewise find time for him when he wants me essentially the most. Instructing him my model of work-life stability is a type of ‘present & inform’ on a regular basis at dwelling.

Q. You’re the writer of two youngsters’s books! What impressed you to jot down them?

My first ebook known as ‘Amma’s Work From Residence Buddy’ and true to its title, it’s impressed by what occurs at our dwelling (and lots of different properties). It’s a simple ebook written for shared studying with younger youngsters to show them how their moms are busy, however but make time to be with them. The way in which I normalize work-life stability (if there’s any such factor!) is what impressed me to jot down the ebook, however I wished to make it one which talks to youngsters and never a self assist one which talks to mothers (we’ve got too lots of them).

My second ebook known as ‘Hairdresser in a Hairless City’ which is a fictional story of how you can not surrender in difficult conditions. As a mother of a 4-year previous boy and aunt of a 7-year previous, I typically pay attention in (typically eavesdrop!) on fascinating conversations between the boys. The toddler unabashedly asks questions and the older one has good solutions prepared. Such conversations impressed me write a narrative to encourage extra conversations and get youngsters to provide you with their very own concepts to resolve an issue.

I’ve at all times preferred writing, however most of my writing has been on blogs and web sites. I wished my ebook writing to transcend the display screen onto tables, bedsides and bookshelves of properties and get younger readers to carry the ebook to learn somewhat than stare at a display screen.

Q. How do you encourage your son to learn?

My son likes books though he’s solely 4-years previous and might learn solely 3-4 letter phrases slowly. We launched him to books very early on, and with time, the kind of books, the way in which we learn, the way in which we convey books into his day, has developed. I write extensively on my weblog the place I’ve articles with recommendations on getting youngsters nearer to books; studying which ebook to select to your child; and introducing Indian authors who write books for teenagers.

Q. Inform us a bit about Undertaking Spark, what impressed the launch of this podcast?

Undertaking Spark is a ardour venture. I co-host the podcast with a pal and we do it as a result of we like making dialog, and amplifying voices of individuals round us. After creating rather a lot within the digital medium (writing); creating much more within the visible medium (my instagram account is a visible diary); and even publishing within the print medium (my books); I used to be intrigued to see what I may do within the audio area. When my pal stated it was her need to start out a podcast too, we determined to convey our skillsets collectively. We’ve got introduced on 25+ girls in our first season of the podcast and have obtained some nice suggestions. (Test it out right here)

Q. How are you doing all this stuff, and being a mum!? How do you handle your time?

It might sound clichéd, however when you’ve got time to scroll on Instagram or watch Netflix, you might have time for something. I do perceive that many moms shouldn’t have the luxurious of doing that, however that’s the place it turns into necessary to set priorities. Perceive what’s necessary in your life versus pressing. And break up your time neatly between them. If you’re at all times operating behind doing what’s pressing you’ll miss out on doing what’s necessary. I’m lucky that I’ve assist for doing chores at dwelling, and I’m grateful that it provides me time and freedom to do different issues.

One other easy trick that propels my need to do various things is a results of spending time on the ‘why’ somewhat than the ‘how’. If my ‘why’ to do one thing is powerful sufficient, I do know I’ll discover a solution to ‘how’ to find time for it.

Q. What’s your final purpose as a working mum?

There are not any ultimatums in my life. I just like the mantra of going with the circulation and making the perfect of each scenario.

The purpose of life – mum or not, working or not, is to be glad. To be glad that you must first be wholesome and every little thing else follows. I consider that as a working mother, I’m able to be financially impartial, use my time productively, assist in offering for the household – and this retains us all wholesome (bodily & mentally) and glad. I hope to maintain this equation intact and sustainable. That’s the solely purpose.

Q. The place do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration is throughout us. We simply have to take a second to pause and soak it in. Watching visitors can encourage you to jot down a track. fish swim can encourage you to journey. There are not any boundaries of inspiration. My largest inspiration is my son. I take a look at the world and am unlearning and studying by way of his views.

Q. What’s your finest productiveness hack?

Undecided if there’s a higher time period for it, however I wish to tempo my duties and do them in chunks. For instance, I learn a ebook until a chapter ends, then I take a break; I end writing 5 emails, then I take a break; I pay attention to at least one episode of a podcast then I take a break. This fashion, I don’t burden myself to do one factor constantly, or set a schedule that isn’t versatile. By pacing myself as I do various things, I’m able to full extra issues and never really feel the stress of any particular exercise.

Q. What do you do in your ‘me-time’ and the way does it show you how to?

I get up earlier than the remainder of my household and that the one true ‘me time’ I get. I’ve to watch out to not make noise so I can delay that point so long as attainable! My ‘me time’ is often me staring into nature or working towards yoga, concentrating alone breath and nothing else.

Q. What’s your recommendation to mums trying to do extra each professionally and personally?

When you consider desirous to do one thing, my recommendation is to consider ‘why’ you wish to do it. If the ‘why’ is obvious, every little thing will fall in place.

Q. Favorite device that makes your life simpler?

My telephone! It’s my window to the world.

Q. Favorite quote

“Every now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and simply be glad.”- Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet

Q. Neatest thing you might have learn or watched currently

Ebook: Mindset by Carol Dweck. Extremely advisable!

In case you have any extra questions for Pooja or wish to join together with her for something, you possibly can attain right here by way of this text ( depart a remark under or e-mail me and I’ll join you), or you’ll find her on her web site or Linkedin; and you may hearken to her podcast Undertaking Spark, right here.

That’s all for this week. Have a very good one!





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