Hello readers, I hope you are keeping well.
November is upon us and now with Halloween behind us, the race is on for Christmas. I know it might be a little too early for some, but this year I want to get with the jolly season early (no I do not mean Christmas decs up right this second), but I have been very organised and planned in my Christmas outings and play dates well in advance.
It might sound a little too organised for some but with being self-employed it allows me time to focus on what is coming up and what deadlines I need to be aware of. Also, it does go with the job, and all my clients know I will be an accountability buddy if you need me to.
This month I have a few things to share with you, as I have had some time to reflect and review where I am in my business but also my personal affairs.
So let’s delve down into the news!
What have I learnt as a parent?
Being a Virtual Assistant and a parent is like juggling two worlds at once. It’s a unique and challenging experience that comes with its share of ups and downs. Today, I want to share my personal journey as a VA and working parent with a toddler and the surprising benefits I’ve found in this beautifully chaotic balancing act.
- Benefit 1: Enhanced Time Management
One of the first skills you learn as a working parent is time management, and as a VA, this skill becomes even more crucial. Having a toddler with me has forced me to become a master of time. I’ve learned to optimize every minute of my workday, squeezing productivity into short, focused bursts when he is napping or engaged in playtime. This newfound ability to make the most of limited time has made me a more efficient VA, helping me meet deadlines and tackle tasks with precision.
- Benefit 2: Improved Multitasking Skills
Multitasking becomes second nature when you’re a parent, especially with a toddler running around. As a VA, this skill has translated into being able to handle multiple client projects simultaneously. Whether it’s answering emails while supervising playtime or scheduling appointments during naptime, my ability to switch gears quickly has become an invaluable asset in managing various tasks for my clients.
- Benefit 3: Heightened Patience and Adaptability
Raising a toddler teaches you patience like nothing else. It’s impossible to predict when a meltdown might occur or when your child will need your attention urgently. You can go from focused writing to dropping it all as they need a hug in seconds. I was use to dealing with multiple tasks before, but it’s given me a new insight into processing how to deal with challenging tasks calmly, adapt to unexpected changes in clients’ needs, and provide steadfast support even in high-pressure situations.
- Benefit 4: Enhanced Communication Skills
Parenting involves clear and effective communication with your child. As a VA, these communication skills have been refined and expanded in my interactions with clients. I’ve become adept at understanding and meeting their expectations, actively listening to their needs, and conveying information in a clear and concise manner.
- Benefit 5: Renewed Perspective on Work-Life Balance
Having a toddler by my side has given me a fresh perspective on work-life balance. As a parent, I’ve come to understand the importance of setting boundaries and making time for family. This insight has allowed me to help clients achieve a healthier work-life balance, providing them with a more personalized and empathetic approach to their work.
- Benefit 6: Strengthened Bond with My Child