Making best use of my time

Since booking Lia into preschool, I’ve been thinking about the extra time I’ll have from September. From Monday to Wednesday, I won’t have either of the girls for five hours a day. Much as I’ll miss them, I’ve been looking forward to taking on some extra work. But last week, I realised that work really couldn’t be my priority. Reassessing my priorities It might seem a bit strange to say that work isn’t my priority. But at the moment, things are ticking along fine in that respect. I’ve always been relatively driven in terms of my career, so it seemed like a…

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Taking control of my relationship with a time thief

If you’ve ever watched Doctor Who, you’ll know that messing with time means trouble. There’s never enough hours in the day and then something comes along and steals the time you do have. It can’t just be me who loses hours each week to the time thief. But here’s the thing, I don’t want to end my relationship with it completely. It has its good points, but it’s time for a change. So come on, what is the time thief? I start off each day determined to get through my to-do list and make every minute count. But then I pick…

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I haven’t got time

I hear a lot in the media about work-life balance. It’s often based around parents. Balancing work, childcare, family time and time to yourself is virtually impossible as a parent. I’ve interviewed seven amazing people now in my Inspirational Parents series. I’ve asked them all about their theories around work-life balance. Sadly nobody has come up with a miracle solution – other than asking for help. That’s really not my style so when I need to take on more work, something else has to give. Now that I’ve stopped everything else, the only way I can fit more working hours…

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How do organised people tackle theme parks?

We are lucky enough to have annual passes for the amazing Drayton Manor theme park. We all absolutely love it there, so we jumped at the  chance to join some friends there today to celebrate their little girl’s birthday. As always, we had a fabulous day. This good, in fact.   The problem was — and always is — that I’m just as rubbish at theme parks as I am at life in general. When we arrived, I took ages putting sun cream on the girls because I wasn’t organised enough to do it in advance. Our friends then went…

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Reclaiming my time

Sadly, I don’t have a time machine. There still aren’t enough hours in the day and I’m still not getting anywhere near enough sleep or exercise.  That said, I had a bit of a brainwave to help me to make the best of the time I do have. I say a brainwave. It was staring me in the face all along – literally.  I regularly read about people doing a digital detox. Walking away from their phones or disabling their Facebook profiles. I quite like the idea of this, but it’s not for me. So much of my work is…

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I found the pot of gold

Since having Lia, I feel like I’ve been in a constant battle against time.  For many months, Lia wasn’t sleeping well. As I’m freelance, I had to start working again pretty quickly after I’d had her. I did reduce my hours dramatically, but didn’t stop completely. And pretty soon the time came when I needed to pick my hours right up again.  Unfortunately, that time came long before Lia started sleeping through the night. I ended up working until the early hours, then being up twice in the night before the girls got me up in the morning.  By the…

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Prioritising

I’ve never been very good with time management or prioritising, and I’ve actually written a post about it quite recently. The problem is, I’ve cut out everything that wasn’t essential and now I’m scratching around to try and find more time.  Over the past few months, I haven’t managed to exercise as much as I wanted to. I’ve found the time to do something every day this month, but most days it has been a minimal amount.  I did manage to get down to my normal weight after having Lia, but the lack of exercise and my fondness for eating crap…

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