planning makeover submissions & updates

January 30, 2018

Yay!  I’m excited that so many of you expressed interest in a) an ebook (no real timeline for this yet, but I really think I could do it!) and b) a planning makeover.  Josh actually suggested this, because if I’m going to preach about methods that work, I need to try them out on others who are NOT me or exactly like me.

I think I’ll start with 3 of you, because I don’t want to be overwhelmed!  In order to make things fair and effective, I’d like anyone seriously interested in a planning makeover to fill out a questionnaire (see below).  Then, if you are selected, we’ll schedule two 20 minute phone interviews — one for me to give tips & suggestions, and one later to follow up and see how it went.

If you are interested, please fill out this survey HERE.  I’ll select 3 of you to start, aiming for different types of jobs & planning dilemmas.


Other updates:

1) I have 5 weeks of maternity leave left.  However, I will admit I am thinking my last week (#12) will be a week of transition – doing some work at home (including clinical work, calling patients and cleaning out my inbox!) in order to make the real start date go well.  I also need to seriously get things rolling on the GME front (scheduling and prepping noon conferences & morning report, and just a lot of faculty organization).  Part of me bristles at this (since it will be unpaid) but I really want the transition back in to be successful and smooth.  Ideally, I could be paid for working from home for 15-20 hours but . . . this is not likely something I want to ask for.

2) G continues to be the best baby.  She slept 6 hours last night!  I know there are babies that STTN at this age but . . . well, I’ve never had one.  6 hours is — compared to what I am used to — absolutely a dream.  I know it may not last (helloooooo various sleep regressions) but I am enjoying it while I can.  This morning I actually got up and pumped after she ate at 3:30 and then slept for another 2 glorious hours.  Amazing.

3) I am continuing to do workouts using The Dia Method.  For the first time ever I actually took measurements and am happy to say there are some changes happening.  That said – I have no idea if that would have happened anyway just with the passage of time.   I’m doing the 6 week challenge because I love having a ‘program’ (yeah I know, upholder alert).  Not sure what I will do when I’m done but I am considering trying Beachbody.  My SIL swears by it and I want to do more strength.  Probably thinking 2-3 strength sessions and 2-3 runs/week will be my goal.

4) I am reading sooooo much.  Seriously, I have never read this much in my entire life.  I think I was inspired by Laura and Anne and . . . well, maternity leave really IS the best time for binge reading!  I am super excited to post my books read in January.  Coming soon, because I might finish one more . . .

Some random pix . . .

C with a friend on his playdate this weekend – a new family we hadn’t hung out with before!
It went really well.




  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Oh, shoot — I submitted my survey just now (9:48 EST) but didn’t see the note to include my email address in the last question. 🙁

  • Reply Tyra March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I have been doing mommastrong consistently since my daughter was born ten months ago, and I would highly recommend it. She has a series of programs (including a Di Recti one) that progress through to daily 15 minute HIIT type workouts. She”s very body positive, and talks a lot about making sure our bodies are functioning properly. Having said that, I am the closest to having a six pack that I”ve ever been, which is pretty insane given I”ve had two babies.

    I am super slack at commenting on your blog at the moment, but my kids share a room (they”re 3.5 years and 10 months). We read books in the lounge room first, then I feed Camilla to sleep before my son Ted comes in. She doesn”t usually get woken up by him. If Cameron is tired enough j wonder if you could keep reading to Annabelle while he falls asleep? Especially if he has white noise on to help him zone out?

    I”ll keep sending sleepy vibes your way! I”ve never had babies that sleep through early on, but 1-2 wakeups per night has never bothered me.

  • Reply Erika March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I took the survey….and hit submit before noticing the note about including my email address! I hope you’ll consider me anyway. Just hit submit at 9:47am.

  • Reply Jordan March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Whoa that survey makes me realize that I need a planning overhaul! I still remember my baby’s first 6 hour stretch – felt like a new woman 🙂

  • Reply Cbs March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Your last post inspired me and I spent an hour yesterday afternoon making a master project list for work, with any to dos I could think of. I have a walking and bus commute so use a tiny bullet journal to avoid the heft of a planner so I made my list in onenote and synced it across my devices. Feeling like things are a bit more manageable now – projects, teaching, conference papers, chapters, and events.

    Going to work on incorporating the weekly review. I think I”ll spend Friday afternoon in a cafe doing admin and doing the weekly review.

  • Reply omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I still remember my baby’s first 5 hour stretch too! (She never did it again until she slept through the night at 14 weeks!)

    I don’t need a planning overhaul, but… I will say your, er, coaching for making my weekends work better has been really helpful. We really don’t stick to the plan very well, but I have been better about exercising in the morning, and honestly… that just makes me feel better regardless of what we end up doing the rest of the day. So — Thank you!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      this comment makes me happy!

      I have no idea whether G will keep doing this, but the past 3 nights have been 6 hrs, 4.5 hours, 6 hrs so there seems to be a trend. COME ON G KEEP IT UP! I don’t even need through the night. 5-6 hrs is great and pretty sustainable even once I’m back at work. (But every 2 is ROUGH!)

      • Reply Omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

        She will definitely do it again (just maybe not immediately…. but soon)!

        You honestly sound like you”re doing fantastic. So glad for that.

  • Reply Elisabeth Null March 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Would love to hear about your experience with Beachbody should you decide to try it (or your SILs experience!). I have considered trying it for awhile now myself

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