Avoiding burnout and keeping ourselves replenished doesn’t just mean taking a break when it all gets too much. At Jijaze we believe it’s our duty as change makers to take care of ourselves and honour our own wellbeing every day – so that we can root our work in practices that help us thrive. It’s the only way we can make sure the change we want to see is one that we can sustain over the long term.
We’re big believers in practicing what we preach and so we’re asking our team to share their practices with us. Today, we’ve coaxed Becky Peates, our Organisational Lead, from behind the scenes to share her day to day change making work.
Tell us about your change making work
I work for a small local charity supporting young people with Autism and also for Jijaze. I like to hide behind the scenes to ensure that those who are out there delivering the service have everything they need.
Where do you do your work?
At home. But I miss the companionship of office working and find that decision making can be protracted as it’s all done via email. Team meetings tend to go on a bit too, as we have a month’s worth of catching up (socially) to do before we can get down to business
What does a typical day consist of?
Getting the kids to school, coming home and dealing with the aftermath of the morning! And then sitting down with my laptop and list.
Who are your inspirations, and why?
I’m endlessly fascinated by people who work in a sector which closely affects them (in previous workplaces I ran peer-led volunteering programmes). How is it to work and live an issue? How do you maintain a sense of professional detachment? And how do you keep going knowing that, whatever you have dealt with at work, is also waiting at home for you?
Who and what supports your work?
My partner. He has always supported my drive to work in the voluntary sector, and thankfully earns enough that we can afford for me to do so! I guess my interest in working in charities comes from my parents who were both teachers and who weren’t therefore on the corporate treadmill. Working as part of a team with a common goal (even with differences of opinion along the way) has always been hugely motivating for me.
What are the signs that tell you when it’s time to take a step back and recharge?
I have always been lucky enough to be able to draw a line between work and personal (though this is harder working from home) so whenever I find myself thinking about work outside of work I know that there’s something not right.
How do you build breaks or chances to replenish into your day?
Making a cuppa is such a useful way to put a punctuation mark in my day. I often don’t finish them but the getting up and moving helps. The advantage of working from home is that I don’t have a commute so I can spend time chatting to friends as I walk home from school drop off (vital to me). I also have a regular long walk twice a week.
If you have a whole day off, how do you recharge?
I am not a person who enjoys their own company so I would make sure to spend time with friends and family. If I can I might watch some TV or do a crossword.
Where do you see your work in ten years time?
I would like to still be working in the voluntary sector part time, and with more of the responsibility shared with my partner – so he would be working part time too.
Over to you…
It can be a challenge when you work from home to make sure you draw a line between work and downtime. Becky’s juggling change making work and family responsibilities as a mum, so it’s inspiring to see that she also prioritises time for herself. Can you relate, and do you have any tips you’d like to share in the comments?
If you’d like support around building up your own wellbeing practices to sustain the impact of your work long term, we’d love you to join our community of change-making women. You can find out about other ways we support individuals and organisations by clicking here.
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