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I recently received some life-changing advice that’s helped me get through this back-to-school season with ease. Transitioning to fall can be tough for some parents. Summers are so much more laid back. You can arrive at camp whenever you please. You can skip it all together if you don’t feel like getting up. There’s no homework. The school year, however, needs much more structure (and much more energy for mom.)
When people ask how I get it all done, I often share my tips for time blocking. Basically, I break my day up into breathable chucks. Instead of taking things “day by day” I usually go “quarter by quarter”. There are a MILLION things that need to get done in a day…but if you can compartmentalize and figure out what you can do in a 3 or 4 hour chuck of time it leads to a much more manageable and productive day.
Time-Block Your Day
Coffee time! For me, coffee is comfort. My parents and grandparents were big coffee drinkers, so the smell of fresh coffee makes me feel comfortable and at home. I use it in the morning both to wake up and to relax. It’s basically my version of comfort food. From the first hot sip, to the last cool one, I savor every second. While I can get coffee anywhere along my commute, I love my morning ritual of making my Dunkin Donuts brew at home. When I get up, it’s still dark and quiet and the city is still. Being able to cuddle on my favorite chair in my corner while my French Press fills my home with the fresh aroma of coffee is priceless to me.
I sadly am at a place in my life where I can’t live without it— and I accept that. My schedule is crazy, and from the second that my daughter wakes up until about 8pm, I’m running all day. The most important part of my morning is the 15 minutes I get to myself. Without it, I’m a mess.
*9:00-12:00 / 12:00-3:00 / 3:00-6:00 PM
My schedule changes constantly. As a freelance Art Director, I juggle several projects and proposals at a time. I, like most working moms I know, could use a few more hours in the day. I love that I have the option to work from home, but most days I’m meeting with clients in midtown, or at a coworking space in Brooklyn.
Time blocking works for entrepreneurs and business owners— whether you work in a formal office, a temporary coworking space, freelance full-time, or work from home with your kids. (I speak from personal experience, as I’ve had just about every single work situation imaginable.) I suggest a short break after each quarter. Reward yourself for all the work you’ve accomplished and fuel up for the next quarter. After crushing my goals from 9-12, I grab lunch and treat myself to my favorite dessert. After the 12-3 slot, I brew another cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee . It helps to suppress my appetite until the day is over, and gives me the energy I need to make it through school pickup, dinner and homework.
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