My friend Tatiana Regan was always going to the reach the very top of her career, her other friends and I could see this from an early age. Tatiana had a passion for law, for arguing and for being proved right, so we all knew that becoming an attorney was written in the stars for her. What none of us expected however was that Tatiana would not only go on to become a very successful attorney but that she would somehow become the most amazing Mum as well. Sometimes I have no idea how Tatiana survives but she does, and she is always happy and always driven, and here is how I believe that she does it.
Even getting a lunch date with Tatiana is difficult and you must be prepared to wait in line for her next slot to open up. I am being slightly facetious of course but the point is that Tatiana is planned and organized months in advance. She does this because she absolutely has to and if she doesn’t then she will end up missing appointments and events which she needs to get to. Tatiana decided from the moment that she had children that she would be a mother who is always there for her kids, and this is why she has to organize so meticulously.
I really admire the way that Tatiana put a set of rules in place which she must always adhere to when it comes to her work and her kids. These rules are things like doing at least 2 school runs each week and 2 pick ups, ensuring that she gets a cinema night with the kids, as well as ensuring that she won’t work on weekends, ever. These rules have enabled Tatiana to stay on track of being both a Mum and a successful career woman and they have made sure that her kids have grown up with a Mum who is there for them. Tatiana has never broken these rules and I really admire her for that.
Astonishingly Tatiana will always make an hour for herself everyday before going home from work, or occasionally for an hour before work. She is so committed to not bringing her work problems home or her home problems to work that she sandwiches an hour of personal time in-between to ensure that this doesn’t happen. Usually she will use this time to read a book with a coffee or go to the gym. I was surprised at how she could make time for this when there is so much else to do with that vital hour, but she often reminds me that without it, she wouldn’t be able to give full time and attention to her work life and her home.
Do you manage a lifestyle like this? How do you go about making sure that everyone is happy? Let us know in the comments below.