It’s a common question many people ask daily; “How do I get this done, while driving to that game, or attending that conference?” And it’s a challenge the Mommy Mentor, Amy Barseghian, tackles every day. As a mother of two, social media strategist, community manager, and blogger, Amy is definitely mastering the art of juggling responsibilities, always with her HTC Droid DNA (Butterfly) in hand.
We recently caught up with the Orange County, California resident to learn a bit about how she uses her HTC to juggle her many responsibilities (or simply find a place to eat between her kid’s activities).
On staying connected at work: “I love that I can pick my kids up from school while responding to emails and managing content, campaigns, and videos for MomTV.com. Working in social media, I can manage my accounts, plus the others I support, right from my phone. While I’m passionate about social media, I honestly feel so lucky to have a job that allows for this flexibility, balance, and opportunity.”
On maintaining sanity: “Aside from work, I keep a food journal, have all of my shopping cards managed in an app, and manage our family’s grocery list and budget from my phone. One program I’d be lost without is One Note; thankfully the app syncs flawlessly so I can update notes on the go. You never know when you’ll need to update your list of favorite wines, right? With the DROID DNA’s amazing camera, I also take a ton of photos of our family with it.”
On finding balance: “I mentally disconnect when I need to and work each day to make sure the ease of access to my ‘work’ doesn’t become an excuse to do it 24 hours a day. Some days it is easier than others. My motto is “Work hard, play hard” and I involve my family in the ‘play’ as much as I can. Of course, I still find myself occasionally surfing the web on my phone at 2:00 AM.”
Her biggest influence: “My husband – plain and simple. He was the one who first said, ‘You need to do something with social media and share your experiences with others.’ So I did just that and now, over five years later, here we are. He’s also the one that reminds me that it’s time to shut down at 2:01 AM.”
The best photo she’s taken with her DROID DNA: “Definitely a sunset shot over the Pacific Ocean. We took this photo while we were ‘mildly’ violating the speed limit on Interstate 5 on our way to meet some friends for dinner. As we cruised along at 75 MPH, the sunset just seemed to beckon us. Better yet, no speed traps on the highway and no photo filter required.”
Her advice to all hoping to enter her profession is simple – be willing to put the hours in to establish yourself and only type words that you would speak out loud. “You are your brand on social media,” Amy says. “Work very hard to maintain your core values in writing so you stay true to who you are.”