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Lola Jutta
9 Dec 2017 . 8 min read

Working From Home Can Be More Productive


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In conversation with Bhavna Sodhi, a pitchbook expert. She helps companies derive a numerical value to their business so that they can raise external capital.  Apart from the quantitative aspect she also helps them with qualitative inputs technically called pitch books. She shares how it is to work from home experience and why she thinks it is the most productive way to work.

“It was great to spend my formative years in the Kasauli Hills in a boarding school. Life was all about fun with each day flowing seamlessly into the next.  Time was spent discussing boyfriends, crush lists, getting in and out of trouble,  sneaking food from the dining hall for the "after" meal  - the  walk back to the dormitory was more than sufficient to develop the hunger pangs! And then there was the " Aha" moment!

I accompanied my brother 4 years my senior for college admissions and it was a shocking experience to say the least - damn this world was a tough place to get into!

And so the rigmarole of trying to excel in each activity begun- couldn't expect to get into a decent college with a brilliant academic board score so went the other way

And then "Phew" there was a relief when I joined JMC, Delhi. Yipee !!

College life was about having all the time in the world and me wanting to start making money and so I worked all 3 years at Hyatt Regency Delhi - the free cafeteria food /cafe discounts being the best part - slurrp - still remember those days fondly.

And then the 3 letter word MBA chased me! Not being academically the best, got through a private college and interned with Citibank - hated it and vowed to never join a bank!

A year later and day 3 of the final placement;

Institute Director -  “Why are you not participating in the placement process? Not interested in taking up a job?”

Me - “No Sir, I do wish to work but all offers are for Bombay and I want to be in Delhi.”

Institute Director - “You are 23 years old, don't be so picky.”

Me - “It's good to know your mind, Sir.”

Day 5 - Standard Chartered comes to campus and makes offers for Delhi and I make it.

I shocked myself by staying with them for 12 years thereafter! When I quit I was heading their Priority Banking Segment for North India.

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Working from home

Bhavna's husband’s clinic which also serves as her office

 

Baby and then babies - aged 2.7 years and 10 months respectively:-) My husband is a Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgeon and hence both of us had extremely busy professions.

We had had our children because we wanted to give them the best in the world and firmly believed that there was no substitute for our time.

We also did not wish to burden grandparents on either side with the responsibility of rearing them. And so I decided to go independent. It has been the best decision I could have possibly taken.

Well apart from the above stated, there are many other reasons why I opted work from home option for myself.

  • I am my own boss

  • I control the quality of my work

  • I stick to deadlines

  • Growth as a professional

  • Building my own brand

Frankly, the babies got me thinking but the other reasons made me quit!

Added advantage - I spend quality time with my children in their formative years.

P.S. - My elder one has already told me that she is happiest spending time with her friends which DOES NOT include me!

Discipline is the key

As I often joke with my friends, I cannot spare a departure of even 10 minutes from my routine. The minute that occurs everything goes for a toss! So discipline,  discipline and more discipline - eating and breathing time like a cuckoo clock would describe it best. Very trying but also extremely rewarding at the end of the day. " Cutting off" and " switching in" at the time set aside is critical.

Beat me at this if you can :-)

5:00 AM - Feed the younger one

6:00 AM - Hit the gym

7:00 - 7:30 AM - Household chores - man they are never ending - aren't they?

7:30 - 8:30 - Bathing and breakfast self and kids

8:30 - 9:00 - Reach play school

9:00 - 12:00 - Elder one goes in independently,  I do a class for the younger one for an hour in between and get 2 hours of work

12:45 - 2:00 - Children back home and sleeping, 15 minutes of household chores, 1 hour of work

2:00 - 8:00 - Children's lunch, play, park,  dinner and in bed

8: 00 - 9:00 - Dinner and chill time!

9:00 - 9:30 - 30 minutes of work

So this is what I do consistently for Monday to Friday - I become a clock!

Saturday and Sundays are for relaxation and family time. Also once a week I go out for a concert/ dinner with a friend - no husband/kids are invited;-)!

My husband has been my pillar of strength right through. In fact, when I decided to quit, he had offered to be in my position  - something which 90% men would never even dream of. It is not imperative but definitely very conducive if you have support from your spouse in your career aspirations.

Going back to the 9-5 grind

Life is full of surprises so I never say never. I have kept the option open. My work has picked up well and I will take a more certain call on this later in my life. Given the fact that I have remained connected with my line of work, it would make it easier for me to get back.  I would certainly advise every working woman to continue working, come what may. Yes, it is tough but then so is life.  Having a life beyond your family is important especially as time goes by, your husband becomes busier and your children grow up.

At the moment I am loving what I do!

Each one of us must work for our own self-respect, for our kids to love us more and for us to be better parents. Ask yourself what is it that you want in life? Are you happy? And then work at it!  Also, develop your hobbies and keep in touch with your friends!

Aurevoir till we meet again:-)

 


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Lola Jutta
An unapologetic writer, budding travel enthusiast and a default optimist! Life is what you make out of it.

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  • H*****
    Hi i am also want some work.home base job fr me plz tell....
  • A*****
    Hi.. I am also want some work from home job if any job for me then watsup me
  • S*****
    Gt.Lola liked your time management.pl.suggest me some work from home I am a B.com graduate working as an Agent advisor with Max Life but it is a little hectic business regularly going out n meeting people n convincing them to buy a policy these days feeling it strenuous.
  • N*****
    Hello mam, i was working with hdfc bank for 4 years approx. But for family reasons i had to leave my job, i am looking for work from home job, Can you please help me
  • A*****
    With kids, I guess, if one wants to work then it's imperative that one becomes a clock. It's very toll taking though
  • P*****
    I want also wrk from home between 7to11pm after my stdy so can u help ne
  • B*****
    Hi, I'm ready to work for 4 to 5hrs, but I'm not getting any work from home job even after searching for more than 3years. I m fine with any salary, but need some for my pocket as well as a saving. I have 5.9yrs of software testing experience, I can teach, do customer service jobs, writting jobs, testing small apps etc, but not getting good wfh job.
  • R*****
    I also want WFH,applied many on the sheroes portal but not getting a single call,plz advice
  • D*****
    Yes there cannot be anything more as a blessing.. being at home , taking care of your kids and working...but pl tell me.. totally 3 and half hours of work a day ?
  • S*****
    I liked that you shared your routine with us. May be it will also help me. I had left my job in 2015 and jst worked for one yr. Then i got married and 1 yr later i became mother. My inlaws said they would take care of my kid so you can continue your job. But after one month they said directly to me rhat we are not here to see your child we have another works to do and they went their home. They visit in 1-2 months. Now what should i do? Which home based job are comfortable for me? I have no support of my husband even we have so many issues so now i dont expect anything from anyone. I have done b.tech/ MBA
  • S*****
    This is what even I do everyday but I am happy to say that my husband and parents are my pillars. I have just started working from home and hope everything goes well.
  • M*****
    I am looking for a home based job
  • M*****
    I need home based home
  • S*****
    I need job my name is Susi I done MBA in hr currently not working any Job related to hr I am happy because I am taking care of family still not married pls can u help me
  • T*****
    Hi Rajitha, can you tell us more about your education, experience, skills and interest? As per per your interest, you can apply on the work form home job opportunities listed on SHEROES.. hope this helps
  • R*****
    I also wan to do work from home. First I also use to work but now after delivery its not happening. My son is 1 year n 2 months old so I also wan to do work from home so that I can take care of baby as well. Please advise
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