Ep. 10 2019 - Emma - Founder of the Tracksuit Economy
In todays episode of the busy mum podcast, I speak with Emma of the Tracksuit Economy. Emma is an ex lawyer and is writing her first book on how to work from home in your job.
How do you define yourself and what you do in your business (if you have one) and your family life? Do you use any apps in business that you can’t live without?
I am in transition from lawyer and part time flexible work advocate to setting up the Tracksuit Economy as a flexible work consultancy business.
From next year (January 2019) I will be opening for business to:
(a) – Assist employees with building their personal brand, assessing how they can work more flexibly and building business cases for flexible work; and
(b) – Assist employers in on boarding remote and flexible workers and putting together a hand book of policies and procedures to do so.
My present role at LegalVision is as a remote Practice Leader (Partner equivalent) which I conduct from my home in Ballina remotely. I can’t live without Google mail, drive, chats etc
I work 3 days a week, spread over school hours during the week at my discretion.
Describe for us, a day in the life of you. Do you have any tips or life hacks?
I work from home and this means I can wake up around 7am, have breakfast with my husband and son, put my son on the school bus and go downstairs to my office at around 8am.
I work from my downstairs office until breaking for lunch, when I usually make school lunch for the next day, get dinner prepared and put out outfits for the next day/ do any house chores.
I am then back downstairs until about 2.45pm, when I break to pick up my son.
I might take my son out to a park or for a walk around the beach or we will come home if it is a Little Athletics or swimming lesson afternoon and get ready for that.
I try to limit work after school pick up to spend time with my son. Though sometimes I sneak in some study and business preparation work as I am studying part time and starting up my Tracksuit Economy business.
I usually get dinner ready by about 6.30pm, then it is dinner, books with Oscar and homework and the evening with my husband (who generally gets home about 6pm).
My life hacks/ tips are:
(a) Keep it simple, done is better than perfect. As long as everyone is fed, loved and looked after it doesn’t matter
(b) Keep it local – by working at home I save hours a week (and literally weeks a year) in time. I also try to keep most appointments and shopping quite local so we don’t spend a lot of time travelling about to things.
What was the best advice you have received?
You don’t have to have it all figured out. Most people are still learning.
Where do you go to get your entertainment? E.g. Netflix, Books, Podcasts, YouTube, and what are your fave’s.
I love reading and I also love a good tv series. Recently we have been watching season 4 Outlander and I finally saw all the Suits episodes.
I loved the “My Brilliant Friend” Neopolitan series of books by Elana Ferrante and am enjoying the TV adaption at the moment.
Podcast wise I love “Managing the Juggle”. There are so many great podcasts out there (including yours) that I wish I had more time to listen to them…. I feel like I almost need that commuting time to listen, so my plan is beach walks and podcasts for 2019 when my work schedule transitions over in the new year.
What is your go to dinner!
A lazy rice cooker risotto. Put all the ingredients in the rice cooker and press cook.
What one area of your life would you like to improve?
Fitness – over the past 6 years I have had some medical issues that have taken a toll on my activity levels, I hope to gradually build up more fitness again next year.
What’s your greatest fear and how do you deal with it?
Not having enough time to get all the things done.
To deal with this I have consciously had to sit down and consider what I have to get done and what I need to get done.
For example, this morning I realised that school finishes on Wednesday and that I didn’t help my son with Christmas cards for his class but I am going to let that one go by sending a facebook note to the class group of parents as the thought of sitting up in the evenings working on that along with everything else I have to do this week is doing my head in!
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails
Business Chicks, the masterclass webinars included with Premium membership are genuinely useful
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self
Do what is right for you and stop listening to what you “should” be doing.
What’s the most useful / useless baby item you have?
Most useful was a wire frame with terry toweling cover bath support to rest the baby on while you bath (though this is long gone with an active 6 year old).
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