We’re chatting about How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too — an ebook I wrote to empower other moms to pursue their passions while investing in their families — with additional resources and printables each week. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Week 1 and Week 2 discussions, download those printables, and share your story as well!
This week’s topic is all about time management — putting schedules and routines into place to help you be more productive, discovering a to-do list system that works best for you, and avoiding distractions and time-wasters.
Here’s how this works:
- I will share this week’s discussion questions in three ways: in this post, as a printable PDF page, and in the comments, with one comment per question.
- Using the “threaded comments” feature, you will be able to respond to a specific question so that your comment is threaded or nested underneath that question. Just click Reply under the comment you’re responding too so that we can see that thread. Other people can also respond to your comment in the same way, so that hopefully we’ll get an actual discussion going rather than just one long comment thread! I’m sure this won’t work perfectly, and it’s not a big deal if you accidentally put a comment in the wrong place or want to throw out a new discussion question of your own. The idea is just to be able to talk through this together, the same way we would if we were meeting in my family room with coffee and pie!
- Please take time not just to share your own answers, but also to read other people’s answers and ask questions, share encouragement, and more.
- Don’t forget to download your free printable resources at the end as well!
Okay, let’s get this thing started!
Week 3 Discussion Questions
1. Are you an early bird or night owl?
When are you the most productive? What else affects your productivity (the state off the house? noise level? etc.)? How does the amount of sleep you get affect your productivity?
2. Do you have a scheduled time set aside to work?
Have you carved time out of your schedule to pursue your passion, or do you try to fit it in when the stars happen to align just right? Could you hire a mother’s helper, trade with another mom or schedule time with your husband to get uninterrupted work time?
3. What routines are an important part of your day?
Do you have routines in place for mealtimes, clean-up, after school, etc. so that everybody knows what to expect? What times of the day could really use a routine?
4. Have you found a to-do list system that works for you?
Do you prefer a digital or paper to-do list? Do you like to have your calendar in the same place as your lists? Are you a write-every-little-thing-down list maker, or do you tend to stick to the bigger items?
5. What time wasters distract you from the tasks at hand?
Do you get distracted by TV? the internet? talking on the phone? How can you use these things as incentives to focus during work time instead of time wasters? Do you struggle with procrastination?
6. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
Have you tried productive procrastination to tackle easier tasks? Do you take a break to rest and recharge? Do you white-knuckle your way through? What do you think are the benefits and pitfalls of each option?
Week 3 Resources
Download or print these free resources as you think about your story:
Looking forward to the conversation!