Rebeccah Churchward is a digital communications specialist and project manager, currently working as a Client Manager at digital content marketing agency Kamber.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I’m a project manager and digital communications specialist. My current role is Client Manager at Kamber, a digital content marketing agency in Melbourne.
The work is really varied which I love because it keeps me on my toes. I’ve worked on projects across a range of sectors including government, retail, pharmaceutical, automotive and not for profit.
Until this role, my communications experience had been almost entirely in the not for profit sector. I started my communications career at World Vision Australia as part of their youth advocacy program where I worked my way up to become their National Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
Later, I moved to Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand where I worked as their Social Media Officer.
2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
Every day starts the same, I get up, wash my face, have breakfast and watch the news so I’m across any new developments that might impact my clients. I finish getting ready and then head out the door to get the train to work, or I used to until we started working from home, now I just make my way to our spare room.
My morning routine helps me prepare for the day but that’s where the routine stops. No two work days ever look the same. We have a team and office virtual stand up first thing, then we get stuck into it.
On any given day I could be pulling together a performance report, having WIPs with clients, working on a crisis, planning campaigns or helping on proposals and pitches for prospective clients.
The work day typically ends by 6:30pm, then my partner and I try to get out for some exercise and catch up on each other’s day away from phones and other screens. This helps us both to unwind and switch out of work mode.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
My work does allow flexible/remote working but I honestly don’t use it very often. I work best when I’m around people and I like having the routine of getting up and going to work.
Life does happen though so it’s nice to know that I have the option to work from home should the unexpected happen like when my oven and car died in the same week.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
To me, work-life balance means being free to work as little or as much as I need to without making myself feel guilty about how much time I’m spending at the office. Balance looks different to everyone on different days.
Some days I’m in the office from 6:00am – 7:00pm, others I just work our standard 8:30am-5:30pm. Both of those are okay because I know what works best for me and how much I can tackle.
The work I do is high pressure which means it can be overwhelming at times. Little things like turning off my email notifications when I log off help but having a support network that checks in and keeps me honest about how I’m feeling is what really makes all the difference.
5) What do you think are some of the best habits or routines that you’ve developed over the years to help you achieve success in your life?
Getting up early and just having a routine has really helped me. When I lived by myself, I’d get up at different times depending on what was happening each day. I found that this made me more tired and less productive than when I forced myself to have a consistent routine.
6) Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?
To be honest, I love learning but I’ve never really been much of a book person. Having said that, this year I’ve set myself the goal of reading one book each month and it’s been great.
The last book I finished was Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace from Pixar. It’s about leadership and creativity and how you can enable your team to be creative while still running a business. Definitely worth a read.
7) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?
Write a checklist. The days I don’t sit down and properly think about what I need to get through in the day are less productive and leave me feeling frazzled.
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Sanna Marin, the Finnish Prime Minister. She’s quite the role model and I’m sure we could all learn a lot from her.
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Don’t measure your work-life balance against someone else. Balance looks different for everyone. Find what works for you.
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