Reshma Saujani schedules her “me time” for 7:30 every morning, and this daily ritual has become non-negotiable in her home. The founder and CEO of Girls Who Code sat down with Arianna Huffington on The Thrive Global Podcast, in partnership with iHeartRadio and Sleep Number, where she explained how she carved out this morning pause, inspired by the best piece of advice she’s received as a working mom.
“We have been taught from the time that we’re young to put everybody else first,” Saujani shared. As an Angel investor, host of her own podcast, published author, and founder of a nonprofit that is working to close the gender gap in tech, Saujani is one busy woman, and as a working mom, she doesn’t have many moments in the day for herself. “One of my best friends told me, ‘Every new mom gets to pick one thing and make sure you pick it and stick with it,” Saujani told Huffington, “Because everybody else will eat up all your time.’”
Saujani explained that this one piece of advice changed the way she viewed motherhood, and made her decide to carve out time in her busy morning to exercise, even when the dog wants to be walked and her son is waking up for the day. “When my house is basically being activated, that’s when I picked my me time,” she shared, “So that everybody understood, including myself, that I was going to put myself first and not always put everybody else before me, for one moment in the day.”
Huffington also spoke to Saujani about the importance of putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others–a challenge that many working moms face. “It’s definitely something that I still struggle with,” Saujani revealed. Still, she acknowledged the importance of self-care: “I think we need tactics and strategies like this one, because every single woman I know feels this way.”