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Smart Solutions for Working Women.
September 9, 2011
Issue #35 

You're Spending Your Time Doing WHAT?



I'm going to make this simple.  September tends to be a crazy month and we're each partly to blame.  We begin the month ambitious about all we're going to accomplish, without realizing that we are seriously overscheduling ourselves.


Here's what you're going to do:

  1. Eliminate one activity from your schedule.

    You know there's a commitment on your calendar that you're dreading.  Do you really want to go to the 5am hot yoga class?  Were you somewhat unconscious when you agreed to attend your colleague's cousin's daughter's baby shower?  The only way to stop running yourself ragged is by taking some commitments off your calendar.   Pick one to eliminate....yes, right now.  I promise, this is going to feel great.     


  2. If you have children, eliminate one activity from their schedule.  
    They don't need to take Mandarin, unicycle, and trombone lessons all in one week.  (Frankly, my children need to be home so they can instead have time to learn how to use a napkin.)  On a serious note, experts have been telling us for a long time that kids today are ridiculously overscheduled.  Kids need unstructured time AND parents who aren't constantly exhausted from driving them to a million activities.  Consider what you genuinely want for your children and for your family life and then ask yourself if your kids' packed schedules are moving you in the right direction.  If not, it may be time to lighten the load.        

On a personal note
, I want to share an article with you which might be helpful to the many subscribers who are also caregivers.  My thoughts on successfully managing both work and caregiving in a recent Sunday edition of The New York Times:


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