LAURA SAYS ...

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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.

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