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Autumn Conversations: “How I make time for my career, family and well-being” by Lynn Yeoh

1. What gets you out of bed every morning?

My philosophy is this: a positive mindset attracts positive energy, so I look forward to the good things that can happen each day.

2. As the Executive Director of welovesupermom.com and a rich career in the media prior, you’ve managed to balance a hectic work life with the needs of your young family. Based on your experience, what are the biggest challenges that working moms face?

Motherhood is different for everyone, so I can’t speak for all fellow working mommies. Recently, SuperMom conducted a poll among mothers in Singapore and Indonesia and we found that over half of Singaporean mothers did not find motherhood to be up to their expectations.

Balancing family and work is a work-in-progress for me. I think it’s about being able to prioritise. I’ve accepted that I can’t be everywhere at once and do everything equally well, so one mandate I set for myself is simply to be present in that moment.

I also subscribe to the 80/20 rule. This means I try to do the 20 percent of activities that yield 80 percent of results. Learning to let go and not do 100 percent of everything has been critical for me. No one can do everything all the time, so I select the tasks and activities that give me the most satisfaction.

3. What’s your secret to balancing multiple demands and priorities?

To maintain my sanity, I try to allocate meaningful “me time” within my schedule so that I can focus on myself.

I also subscribe to the 80/20 rule. This means I try to do the 20 percent of activities that yield 80 percent of results. Learning to let go and not do 100 percent of everything has been critical for me. No one can do everything all the time, so I select the tasks and activities that give me the most satisfaction.

I’ve also turned to support groups to seek advice on the challenges I was going through from fellow members in the same life phase as me. The SuperMom community we built allows mothers to lean on each other in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Also read: Autumn Conversations: “How I Live My Life To The Fullest” by Ron Kaufman

4. What new habit, belief or behaviour has positively impacted your life in recent years?

I’ve learned to respond, rather than react, to situations. I try not to get hung up on the ‘musts’ and leave more room for flexibility. The result: I feel less pressure on myself and have the energy to care for others even while I’m under pressure. That, to me, is resilience in the face of change.

5. What have you become better at saying no to at this current phase in your life?

In keeping with my mandate of staying ‘present in the moment’, I’m learning to say no to distractions.

6. What does your ideal retirement scenario look like?

These are the three things at the top of my wishlist: a) Freedom to engage with meaningful activities without worrying about finances b) Not having to rely on my children for financial support c) Being able to contribute to society.

This means that I need to plan better financially so that I’m able to sustain my lifestyle and activities as I age. I want to stay purposeful, and I hope to keep doing that long after I leave my corporate career.

To me, the best investment is really about investing time to review my current financial situation. I do so to identify any gaps or steps I need to take to ensure a quality lifestyle in my later years. My aim is to age without unnecessary stress or compromising on my current lifestyle.

7. How are you preparing for your future right now?

Well, I’m investing into my health in a holistic sense, both physically and mentally. I’ve been working on my mental health by doing activities that are meaningful to me and taking time out to relax and decompress from the day.

Financially, I invest in products and instruments that I know. To me, the best investment is really about investing time to review my current financial situation. I do so to identify any gaps or steps I need to take to ensure a quality lifestyle in my later years. My aim is to age without unnecessary stress or compromising on my current lifestyle.

Investment diversification is important to me. My diversification plan does take into account my husband’s investment portfolio, so we build a safety net together. Planning ahead is always good. It’s also important to regularly review and pivot your plan as circumstances changes.

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