I am not able to fully unplug from work or from the Web this week.
For my yoga classes, there are lesson plans to finish and supplies to gather. (Things are taking off so quickly and I am having so much fun with my new kids’ yoga program!! More about this soon!).
For spring and summer weddings, there are e-mails to send and meetings to coordinate.
I will — as I often do — bookend my days with quiet blocks of work time by getting up early and forgoing evening sitcoms in favor of office time.
And I will make a daily To-Do list (one list in one notebook — not 20 sticky notes, 10 index cards, and too many scraps of paper to count all over the house like I used to do!) so that when the kids are engaged in an activity and I have a few minutes to work, I can jump right in and accomplish something.
(I’m totally re-energized about creating and sticking to a work schedule that works for our family after reading Heather Allard’s article “9 Essential Steps for a Home Business that Works” over on Simple Mom this past week!!!)
I’ll also likely do some childcare swaps with my friend so that each of us can have a little quiet time while the other parties with a pack of kids.
And I will relax the rules a bit.
If you were to peek into my living room this week, there is a pretty good chance you will find my kids on the couch “plugged in” to a tv show or playing with a beeping, battery-operated toy computer. (Maybe even both.)
But what you won’t see is me hovering over my laptop reading or writing blog posts. Or obsessively checking e-mail. Or editing photos. Or monitoring blog stats.
Or grabbing my phone every three minutes to tweet or text or upload photos to Facebook.
How and when I use social media is fully in my control.
This is a place where I can choose to unplug so that I can slow down, make space and enjoy some “vacation time” with my family.
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How about you? Is there anything you can unplug from this week to make space for something else?