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Why Multitasking Doesn’t Actually Help You

One of my very first clients casually mentioned that she listened to podcasts while working.

I remember feeling both exhausted just thinking about it and fascinated about how she did it (turns out, not surprisingly, it didn’t work very well).

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How many of these sound familiar?

▻ I can’t relax enough to enjoy my downtime

▻ I take on more than I should but I’m not sure when it’s reasonable to say no

▻ I spend most of my time reacting to what others need at the expense of what I know is important

▻ I want better boundaries between work and my personal life

▻ Working from home has been hard because work is bleeding over into all parts of my life

▻ I’d like to feel accomplished at the end of each day and not just every 3-6 months when I submit a project

▻ I want to be more present at home and not think about work all the time

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I don’t offer a quick fix to overwhelm.

I offer a long-term solution.

Here’s the thing: we’re often overwhelmed because we struggle to know how to manage ALL the life logistics, to-do’s, projects, and tasks on our plate. And I’m talking across our professional, personal, and family roles – while also protecting time to enjoy life.

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The mental load women carry is no joke. Yet most time management systems don’t address it (other than perhaps telling you to get it out of your head and onto a to-do list – but without more, well… we all know how well that works).

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Ah, meetings. While they can be useful, they’re often overused, drag on too long, and prevent us from getting our real work done.

Here are a few tips to make them run more smoothly (and quickly!).

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What an honor to get published in @parents!

As any parent knows, Parents is an incredible resource to get parenting advice – from timeless issues like navigating challenging kid behavior to timely issues like navigating post-vaccine life with unvaccinated kids.

I’m thrilled to get to contribute with what I love to nerd out on – time management strategies. If you want to read about how to manage all the parenting logistics with less stress, you can find the article here.

Happy reading, and feel free to share with any parent friends who you think may enjoy it!

And thank you, Parents, for the opportunity to help more moms and dads manage it all with less stress!

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On a MN summer night when I was in high school, I sat on my front steps staring up at the sky with a friend.

We could see what felt like all of the stars in the universe.

“I love this,” I said, mesmerized out of trying to sound cool like I probably often did as a high school kid. “I feel so small.”

He agreed, but, interestingly, didn’t like it – it made him feel helpless.

For me, feeling that small felt FREEING.

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Gearing up for some spring cleaning? While we normally think of spring cleaning the physical stuff, taking control of that to-do list clutter can bring a whole new level of fresh air and mental freedom to your brain and life.

Curious if you have to-do list clutter?

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Alright – quick email tip for those of us who have a tendency to think we need to respond to email quickly at the expense of focusing on real work:

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When I was leaving my Boston firm, a partner took me out to coffee and gave me this advice:

“You can live a great and happy life making a lot less money than we do here. You just have to plan for it.”

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Realistic time management designed for professional working women

I'm a former big law attorney who got overwhelmed as a first year and slowly pieced together a time/task management system that actually reduced my stressed, helped me stay on top of it all (and know it), feel confident drawing boundaries, and soak in time with my family and friends. I'd love to get you there, too.

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