About Niamh Brady and Better Workday
How it all began
I began searching for a better workday because after years of working in high-powered positions I suffered three separate burnouts. I had allowed my workday to get to a point where every single part of my day was spent working. I took tasks on and didn’t stop until I’d delivered, but to the detriment of my own health and my own career progression. I lacked balance between working on the right things and finding time to look after myself. While my job was excellently executed, I was being left deflated and depleted.
My Work History
My work life began at age eleven. My parents ran a family business where I could regularly be found serving customers, managing cash and doing admin work in the back office. This built a foundation for a high work ethic and a drive for success. My interest in productivity began with my first job out of college as a Lead IT Project Manager. I was given a phone and laptop but no advice on managing my time and effort. This was a high-pressure job in which I overworked myself to learn hard and fast; something that became a pattern from then on. I wasn’t managing my workdays well, and subsequently, three burnouts happened from equally high-powered roles. Not only that, I was watching my colleagues all reach burnout stages, with no tools provided to stop it.
Changing How I Work
After my third burnout, it began to click that the way I was working wasn’t benefitting me, my long-term career or my goals. I wasn’t the role model I wanted to see in the workplace. I took a step back and assessed my work life. I planned out how to manage my workday better and avoid this happening again and then implemented my practices. I became so passionate about the changes I made and the positive impact on my life that I started sharing what I had learned with colleagues and friends.
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