Work+Life “Fit,” Not Balance

Caution: Four-Day Workweek is AN Answer, Not THE Answer|
posted by Cali Yost for FastCompany.com

Everyday there’s another story extolling the virtues of the four-day workweek, or four, ten-hour days, as the answer to our energy problems. In fact, last week CNN devoted an entire segment to the Utah state government’s mandatory four-day workweek which began August 4th. Before the four-day workweek gains more steam as the answer, I want to urge caution. It is an answer, but not the answer.

The distinction is subtle but very important.

The typical problems with one-size-fits-all, four-day workweeks are already starting to crop up (see USA Today and CNN), specifically:
1) Some work probably does have to happen on Fridays
2) It’s very hard for people with dependent care responsibilities
3) It’s very hard for people who have a long commute particularly those who use public transportation.
4) The hours don’t always match when people work best which impacts productivity.
5) Finally, it’s probably not going to have that much of an impact on overall “carbon footprint.”

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I do have to agree with Cali I must say…
Certainly from my experience, it’s not just about a prescribed four-day workweek scenario, but rather the emphasis needs to shift to a “designed” workweek, where all parties are looked after in the arrangement.

And yes, it is doable. I can cite many a working arrangement, where the focus is on “outcomes focussed” results, as opposed to the traditional “hours worked” focus. There is many an entreprenurial mother for example who is designing her life around what needs to work for her and her family… as it should be.

Where does your working life fit in?
What changes would you like to make?

TEMplate – to DESIGN your life and make Life! work

I trust this month has been all that you planned!…
Aren’t some of these Olympians teaching us a thing or two about understanding what you want and going for it! good on them I say…. speaking of which, if you want to relive Lauren Burns triumph at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, then there is a whole chapter dedicated to that very story in the “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed”… see below for details.

Read that article yet?
Tim Ferriss – “The 4 hour work week” … if not, please go here to do so. I have started my own 4 Hour Work Week process, so feel free to keep tabs on my progress by searching this blog using “4 hour work week journey”, and even better, if you subscribe to the RSS feed, updates will come directly to your inbox…couldn’t be easier.

As I always say, be bold and opportunistic … so, the DESIGN your life and make LIFE! work workshop has now been constructed and given great initial feedback. I can’t wait for this to be up and running as attendance will be about giving permission to entrepreneurial mothers (and fathers!) to take the time out to spend on that business idea, or that plan around combining all that you do into making Life! work.

Lets face it, many of us have been “empowered”… but now what?
This workshop will commence the journey of finding the answers, for you…

So in regards to that journey, my question to you is this… how are you going with the “The Entrepreneurial Mothers Guide to Making Life! Work”? … this workshop will be just the thing you need if you’re feeling stuck.

If you think you might have a group that would benefit from having your own workshop, then just reply to this with an email requesting same.

what to do about next School Holidays?…
why not enrich their educational experience as a result of acting on this email…

How to enrich their holistic education experiences?
By partnering with OzSee/Reho Travel/SolvePoverty to conduct a series of pilot familiarisation tours to outback Australia by a multi-cultural, multi-age group of students selected from school and Universities around the country.

Just think about, not only the short-term learning and fun, but also the long-term benefits…

The selected students will form the founder group of an expanding Australia-wide network of youth entrepreneurs, with the first step being to get a snapshot of what it is we need to be thinking about…And for the communities, they benefit economically by getting access to, and introducing visitors to our unique country…

Would you like to know more?
Tours are for 10 days, and the next one commences 25 September 2008… click here for details
(additional dates can be tailored to fit in with your holiday needs)

Every Day is Mothers Day”…

Buy the “Secrets of Inspiring Women Exposed”, and get a 2nd one free
yes that’s right, get 2 for the price of 1

go on… buy one as a gift for that special someone in your life, and/or that talented student(s) in your life, and keep the other for yourself … to go shopping, click here

Feel free to share this with your friends, family and colleagues, so they can also do what you can do… I would also encourage you to encourage them to “subscribe” at www.theentrepreneurialmother.com.au so that they too can begin a beautiful relationship and receive such gifts into their own inbox!!

be in touch again soon…
cheers denise

P.S. Tours will be 10 days (to fit in with most school holidays) so if you want input into what the tours should look like, and when/where they should be, then please do reply and tell me all about them?

PPS If you have friends or family or fellow entrepreneurial mothers should be interested in this, simply encourage them to subscribe today @ www.theentrepreneurialmother.com.au!

Send in the Clowns

by Peter Williams for TheAge.com.au

Historically small business has had no chance of competing with large corporations in the marketing area.

The costs of using traditional advertising channels, such as TV and print were high and small businesses couldn’t afford to employ the marketing people to do the non-advertising marketing such as PR and promotion.

The emergence of the web in the 90’s provided small business the opportunity to get global reach but again the cost of technology solutions and lack of IT people meant that many small businesses established websites that cost a great deal and had little impact.

From the earlier part of this decade things have really changed…

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Rural and Regional…& Inspiring Women

I have just spent the last 2 days at Sheepvention in Hamilton, Victoria, 300+ kms from Melbourne.
Why? I was assisting a buddy of mine who does the event management for such field day events on behalf of the ANZ Bank, and what a job she does… and what an inspiring woman she is. Whilst she would not like me touting how good she is, I’m going to do it anyway!…

Here is a woman who is not only the chief bread winner in her house, she has also had to deal with both personal and family related health issues as well, and does so with such a dignity and grace that it is all quite humbling really. Just another of these unsung heroes that have their own stories, but who would know…

One of my aims, through the entrepreneurial mother, would be to start collecting these stories, and cataloguing them for prosperity… apart from family members, who else will be able to appreciate and respect the strength, resilience and love that their stories involve.
Go girls!

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