Amit Wilson, an entrepreneur, founder Storemore (www.storemore.in) and a flexidad, shared his perspectives on choices, order and chaos in an event hosted by Fleximoms. In a room full of fleximoms, Amit was brave enough to share his experiences and learnings candidly. We share some of the conversation with you. You can catch the pictures on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/fleximoms
May your mind transcend limitations. May your consciousness expand in every direction. May you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. – Patanjali
One of the challenges of being an adult is that one is absolutely accountable to oneself. And that is the pretty hard place, because not only we get away by making others believe but also ourselves into things that may have been our reality once but not anymore. Our tendency to believe that things are working out, while they are not is the biggest challenge of
making work-life choices.
A lot of our decisions however are governed by the externalities and our context and context like everything is constantly evolving.
In a recent Fleximoms discussion about work life choices, something a participant said was so simple and profound. She said that in her 20 years of being a professional and a single mum, eliminating the unessential had been her mantra to keep moving forward. It allowed her to prioritize, get things done and keep her commitments to herself and her children.
I came across this fabulous article on WSJ by Lynda Gratton and I found myself nodding as I was reading the article. In context of workflex, women and work, the changing dynamic of relationships at work and home are redefining the emerging horizon of opportunities and challenges.
Earlier this week, Seth Godin wrote a piece where he says, the emerging economic order has little place for average, cog in the wheel worker. Here is the link The returning and career transition professional is at at the learning curve of the workplace and skill opportunity.
The customized, choice economy is for real and we are witness to its various elements everyday.
After all, it is the readiness to be ready, the willingness to change (constantly) and making choices that work for you that sets the tone for how accountable is one to oneself.
What choice are you making today?
One of the thoughts that stayed with us is what Amit said.
“As a Flexidad there are three things I learnt about work - it pays your bills, it gives you a sense of moving forward, learning, development and it gives you a chance to play with grown ups, especially after you have spent a large part of your day playing with children.”
He added, “What I also learnt is that what really matters is to enjoy what you are doing and being with your family. When one is sitting on one’s desk writing a proposal, and one of the kids comes running to show you something he has done, it is alright to go ahead and listen to him. The child needs your attention and shooing him away is not going to help. The fastest way to get back to work is to listen to him first. One of my favorite memories of my flexidad life is sitting on my desk writing a proposal with one of my boys sitting on lap. It is a memory I cherish forever. My biggest learning has been that you got to prioritize – listen and pay attention to your family.”
Amit also feels that chaos is not all bad – you need chaos for creativity – for entrepreneurship and little chaos is great to tell you all is well. He thinks that too much order and silence is worrying.
When it comes to workspaces, getting organized and putting some order in life, Amit mentioned that as a flexidad he learnt that working in an office is really easy, you still get way more done – despite – the coffee breaks and gossip. An office allows you to carve out space and time.
Along the way Amit felt that as our living spaces get smaller, it becomes harder for families and professionals to manage space, time, work, choices equation. He and his partners set up StoreMore (www.storemore.in) as a professional service to help customer declutter their living spaces, organize work from home and manage papers and records better.
If you run a business out home, StoreMore helps you managed your documents, samples, paperwork, records – not in a dump them somewhere sort of way but in a sort them and use them when I need them sort of way. As a small business or a flex or work from home professional, it will help you organize your space. Amit also said that while we need to throw away a lot of stuff, there is still a lot that one needs to keep and organize. StoreMore also emphasizes on the approach that deal with your clutter now and decide. And that is an approach which helped Amit a lot personally.
Amit added, “In what I do today is helping you carve out space as you choose to work from home. I can help with carving out time, but yes with space.”
More power to you Amit and may your tribe grow!
If you are a flexidad, fleximom or a professional with a work-life choice experience, story, idea – please get in touch. We are happy to have you join the conversation.