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Rati Shetty

Product launches. Go-to-market strategy. Consumer understanding are three phrases synonymous with Rati, BankBazaar’s chief product officer.

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Balancing Work when You Have Husbands and Kids

Words of wisdom from mother, wife and chief product officer at a leading fintech company, “It is also important to ensure that you focus on any task – at home or at the office – 100 percent.”

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The power to focus is key for a successful working mother

Striking the right balance between work and life isn’t rocket science. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that one’s personal life and work life can actually complement each other perfectly. One does not have to give one up for the other.

There’s no one-size-fits-all mantra for effective work-life balance. It’s important to remember that everything – be it things at home or at the workplace – essentially boils down to smart and efficient time and people management, which is the commonality of both environments. Organisation is key.

It is also important to ensure that you focus on any task – at home or at the office – 100 percent. Give whatever you’re doing your all. The workplace isn’t the only place that demands structure. The same goes for freedom – it isn’t just meant for our homes. Infusing a little freedom into your work life helps, as does a dash of structure and organization to your personal life, which can really help to get things done.

I ensure that I have a little time for myself. Being an early riser helps me grab that essential ‘me time’ before my family wakes up. I am a hands-on mom and ensure that I do a lot with them whenever we’re together. Family time means that I am 100 percent focused on my family.

The same is true of work too. It calls for absolute focus and dedication. As BankBazaar’s chief product officer, it is my responsibility to ensure the best customer experience possible. This means focused attention on all aspects of the role to make sure that happens – whether that’s planning meetings for the product roadmap, solving usability issues with our teams, reviewing and enhancing specs for features, aligning the best of tech, design, experience and interfaces to build better and stronger products.

Being focused on what you want to do and envisioning exactly how you plan to get there are critical. It is important to plan for failure and ensure you have backup plans in place. Sometimes, you’re likely to fall and it is essential to learn from those falls – both at home and at work – in order to build a better future product, team, company or family/home.

Train yourself to tune out the noise and distractions, always keeping in mind your end goal and let that target guide you. Manage time, people and efficiently prioritize and optimize whatever you’re doing – both at home and the workplace.

Work-life balance is easily within reach if only you have belief in yourself and your abilities. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. I’ve learnt that you can reap rich dividends if you are persistent and focused in your efforts. There are no shortcuts, of course. Be prepared to focus on time management and planning; exercise patience and dedication.

Achieving your goals is entirely in your own hands and in your mind. There isn’t a single problem that can’t be resolved through focus, dedication, planning, passion and, of course, a good dollop of creativity.

Finally, I think for me personally, I learn a lot of my people, time, work and life management from both places. These two are inevitable. I need both to run. I learn lessons from the personal side that lend to my work and similarly, from my work environment that lends into my personal life/family/home management.

I find that both are exciting, have challenges and need the right management that is always a learning process. I love the daily pleasures and challenges that come up in both worlds. I think efficient planning and a problem-solving attitude help get through any situation, be it work or home. I would never give up one for the other.

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