The 'Softie in question: Anshu Khurana
Job title: Sr. Product Marketing Manager
There’s no instruction manual to manage modern family life. Combining parenthood and full-time work means a docket of conflicts and stresses, who-does-the-housework-questions… and joy. For Anshu Khurana, senior product marketing manager in Microsoft advertising, who has two children under the age of 4, the goal of being professional, accomplished, and nurturing is rich and meaningful. Consider this Microspotting post a little “Coffee Tawk” with a successful woman who is keeping all the balls in the air—while keeping it real.
You have two small children and work full-time at Microsoft. What helps you juggle your job and your kids?
First, you are right that it really is a juggling act! For me, I take a moment to prioritize each day and determine what is critical for the week. Then my husband and I determine what we can do for ourselves and what can be outsourced. For instance, only I can be the mother of my kids, that’s non-negotiable. But someone else can help us with the cooking and cleaning. It’s human nature that we want to do everything ourselves, but clearly there is not enough time in the day. It helps for me to set limits and not feel guilty about it. An example is that I might say to myself, “This weekend, there will be absolutely no emails until Sunday night.” Or I will plan to pick up my kids and have family time with my husband at home for the next four hours, unwind and go to bed.
Have you learned any lessons from your children that serve you well at work?
Patience. With two kids under age 4, I am now a more patient person. With kids you have to stop, listen, and explain the tiniest of details. You can incorporate that quality into your personality, and it shows at work. Also, being a mom, I am more compassionate and empathetic. So if other folks around me are going through personal stuff and need space, I find that I am more sympathetic.