Pooja Sriram, model marketer, writer and podcast host

Hello there!

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

I lately got here throughout the Eisenhower Matrix, additionally known as Pressing-Essential Matrix, which helps you resolve on and prioritize duties by urgency and significance. It’s a straightforward framework that will help you lower out the belongings you don’t must do your self, or in any respect, so to deal with what you have to do.

“In case you are all the time working behind doing what’s pressing you’ll miss out on doing what’s essential,” writes Pooja Sriram, the working mum I lately interviewed, which made me surprise if she applies the Eisenhower Matrix to her life too – am I the one one who didn’t learn about this? Higher late than by no means, I suppose.

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 fairly cool podcast.

As I all the time say, the very best factor about my e-newsletter is that it provides me an incredible excuse to achieve out to unimaginable mums who’re designing lives that they love and galvanizing others on the best way.

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 along with her 4-year previous son and husband

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

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

I’ve numerous pursuits that embrace storytelling, mentoring and writing. I usually 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 potential second to construct reminiscences with my household.

Q. Did your skilled ambitions change after turning into a mum? In that case, how?

My skilled ambitions have been all the time simply ‘a component’ of my life and by no means took over my life. I all the time knew I need to use my abilities 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 one among 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 actually 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 bought the chance to work at a number of companies remotely as a result of I used to be positive of what I needed to do, I had sufficient knowledge to again my productiveness no matter the place I labored from, and I didn’t draw back to ask for what I needed. However due to Linkedin, the enjoying area was leveled nicely for me.

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

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

One of the 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 laborious, get pleasure from doing what I do, and in addition find time for him when he wants me essentially the most. Educating him my model of work-life stability is a type of ‘present & inform’ on a regular basis at residence.

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

My first e-book is known as ‘Amma’s Work From Residence Buddy’ and true to its title, it’s impressed by what occurs at our residence (and lots of different houses). It’s a straightforward e-book written for shared studying with younger youngsters to show them how their moms are busy, however but make time to be with them. The best way I normalize work-life stability (if there may be any such factor!) is what impressed me to write down the e-book, however I needed 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 e-book is known as ‘Hairdresser in a Hairless City’ which is a fictional story of how you can not quit in difficult conditions. As a mother of a 4-year previous boy and aunt of a 7-year previous, I usually pay attention in (typically eavesdrop!) on fascinating conversations between the boys. The infant unabashedly asks questions and the older one has excellent solutions prepared. Such conversations impressed me write a narrative to encourage extra conversations and get youngsters to give you their very own concepts to resolve an issue.

I’ve all the time preferred writing, however most of my writing has been on blogs and web sites. I needed my e-book writing to transcend the display screen onto tables, bedsides and bookshelves of houses and get younger readers to carry the e-book to learn slightly 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 may learn solely 3-4 letter phrases slowly. We launched him to books very early on, and with time, the kind of books, the best way we learn, the best way we convey books into his day, has developed. I write extensively on my weblog the place I’ve articles with tips about getting youngsters nearer to books; studying which e-book to choose in your child; and introducing Indian authors who write books for teenagers.

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

Mission Spark is a ardour undertaking. I co-host the podcast with a buddy and we do it as a result of we like making dialog, and amplifying voices of individuals round us. After creating quite a bit 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 might do within the audio area. When my buddy mentioned it was her need to start out a podcast too, we determined to convey our skillsets collectively. We now have 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 could sound clichéd, however when you have time to scroll on Instagram or watch Netflix, you could have time for something. I do perceive that many moms wouldn’t have the posh of doing that, however that’s the place it turns into essential to set priorities. Perceive what’s essential in your life versus pressing. And break up your time neatly between them. In case you are all the time working behind doing what’s pressing you’ll miss out on doing what’s essential. I’m lucky that I’ve assist for doing chores at residence, 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’ slightly than the ‘how’. If my ‘why’ to do one thing is robust sufficient, I do know I’ll discover a solution to ‘how’ to find time for it.

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

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

The aim of life – mum or not, working or not, is to be joyful. To be joyful you might want to first be wholesome and every thing else follows. I imagine 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 joyful. I hope to maintain this equation intact and sustainable. That’s the solely aim.

Q. The place do you get your inspiration?

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

Q. What’s your finest productiveness hack?

Undecided if there’s a higher time period for it, however I prefer to tempo my duties and do them in chunks. For instance, I learn a e-book until a chapter ends, then I take a break; I end writing 5 emails, then I take a break; I pay attention to 1 episode of a podcast then I take a break. This manner, I don’t burden myself to do one factor constantly, or set a schedule that’s not 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 enable you 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 extend that point so long as potential! My ‘me time’ is often me staring into nature or training yoga, concentrating by myself 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 need to do it. If the ‘why’ is evident, every thing will fall in place.

Q. Favorite software that makes your life simpler?

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

Q. Favorite quote

“From time to time it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and simply be joyful.”- Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet

Q. Smartest thing you could have learn or watched currently

Guide: Mindset by Carol Dweck. Extremely beneficial!

You probably have any extra questions for Pooja or need to join along with her for something, you’ll be able to attain right here by way of this article ( depart a remark beneath or e-mail me and I’ll join you), or you will discover her on her web site or Linkedin; and you may hearken to her podcast Mission Spark, right here.

That’s all for this week. Have an excellent one!



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