LAURA SAYS ...
SET SOME RULES —
Maybe it’s not realistic for you, but setting some hard rules (like no meetings before 9 two mornings a week, or no working past 6 two days a week) can help you feel like you have a life.
WATCH THE MULTITASKING —
Be very careful if you phone and email at the same time. You might get sucked into a hot email exchange, and, next thing you know, the person on the phone is calling your name because you aren’t paying attention.
PAMPER WHEN YOU CAN —
There’s no rule against getting a little pampering in during lunch. If you work long hours (and have kids who need stuff from you after work), it’s probably the best time.
WORK A SPLIT
Rebecca works what I call a split shift: Leave the office on time, go home and spend time with the kids, and then do email and other lowenergy work after they go to bed. This way, she’s trading TV time for work time, rather than family time for work time. That’s a tradeoff a lot of parents are willing to make.