Andrea is an Internal and Executive Communication Lead for the Printing Systems Division at IBM. She is also a co-author of a new book for working moms called The Milk Memos. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her 4-year-old son, 11-year-old stepdaughter, 14-year-old stepson, and her husband. Andrea has been with IBM for 9 years and shares with us how transitioning from a full-time, highly demanding job to a part-time, flexible position helped her feel more balanced and fulfilled.
Can you tell us a little bit about your job?
I’ve been with IBM for 9 years. For 6 of those years, I worked full time. After my youngest son turned 1, I switched to part time. I work Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 5:30pm and have Thursdays and Fridays off. My job entails preparation of executive speeches, internal web articles, and communication to our sales team and internal employees. I’m pretty much responsible for all types of written communication!
Can you briefly describe a typical day?
On the days I work at my IBM office (Monday through Wednesday) I’m usually up at 6:30am. My husband gets our two oldest kids breakfast and out the door. My oldest son gets picked up for high school at 6:50am. My daughter then leaves for middle school at 7:15am. Her school is very close to our house, so she walks there every morning. My 4-year-old wakes up at about 7am, and I get him (and myself) ready and drive him to school at 8:30am. I’m at work by 9am and stay until about 5:30pm. My husband picks up our little one at noon and works from home in the afternoon on Mondays. When I get home from work, I get dinner ready, help the kids with homework, and take our oldest son to guitar lessons. I also try to spend 30-45 minutes at the gym four or five days a week.
Later in the evening, sometimes we sneak in a little American Idol (thank God for TiVo!) and then all three kids go to bed pretty late, around 9:30pm. After that, I remember that I have a husband and try to spend some time with him! We collapse into bed at 10:30pm.
On Thursdays and Fridays, we don’t have older kids with us because they are with their mom. I still take our youngest son to school and pick him up at noon. While he’s at school, I work on publicity for The Milk Memos and catch up on grocery shopping and household chores. In the afternoons, I devote all my time to my youngest son. We go to the park, do art projects, read books, and sometimes even take a nap together. Thursdays and Fridays are my favorite days!