Today has been a day without margin
Run –> Drive kids –> Speak in G’s class –> Podcast recording –> BLPA –> Podcast interview (BOBW guest) –> Drive kids to orthodontist.
I truly enjoy all of these things but a break in there would have been nice (and the only one who failed to schedule that was me — so I can’t really complain!). I keep reminding myself that I’ll be away at my work conference soon which will be busy but in an entirely different way. And it will be 100% worth it to be caught up/ahead on all things podcast related when I leave.
I have been better about finding my rhythms as a part-time entrepreneur. Still, I feel like I am missing open space time to dream/think/create. I am very good at creating content before a deadline – often I’ll be crafting something in my head for weeks and when the episode needs to be sent in, a coherent structure will emerge and I’ll be able to write my outline very quickly. I have figured out how to make things feel more predictable. I don’t have the ‘aimless’ feeling I first had when I went part-time.
I guess it’s a very good thing that I have more ideas than hours to execute them. But at the same time, I need to work on preserving some more white space.
i know this won’t happen without a plan and a structure, so I think going forward I will try to reserve Thursday mornings for this kind of deep(er) work. I will make exceptions if something really important comes up, but otherwise will try to preserve this time. Laura and I usually record Tuesdays, so I think this will work out.
(And mornings are way better than afternoons because my brain works better then!)
Screen Free So Far
It’s Day 3 (I know it’s only 5/2, but we started a day early because I allowed them to be on screens watch way too much on Saturday 4/29 and then hit a breaking point and just decided it was TIME.)
There have been complaints, but honestly it’s been fine. Even though I identify as a moderator, sometimes in parenting I find BRIGHT LINES to be more effective. (Though reader Amanda asked about food and I actually think this is an area where I prefer to be somewhat less stringent. We definitely have some rules/customs/boundaries around food in our home — more than some would probably advocate, and less than others — but I don’t want to be extreme.)
I listened to Cal Newport’s recent Kids + Phones episode and felt particularly happy we had just decided on a screen free month. He made great points, and I feel the most important one is what they are missing out on — what they are NOT doing in the hours filled with screens. Though the mental health data is compelling too, particularly in girls. And I can’t exactly give C different limits, NOR do I feel like screen time is great for him generally.
I plan on exerting more screen limits after the month is over, too. Maybe there was a time when we “needed” the screen time, when I was more in a survival mode. I feel like in so many ways (especially in the ages of the kids + my mental health/workload) that’s over and I can do better.
(Do I plan on keeping them 100% off forever? Nope. After the month is over, I want A to be able to text and video chat w friends and I am okay allowing C some LIMITED video game time. I also don’t mind things like craft tutorials — obviously not all screen time is created equal! But it had honesty gotten out of hand and I’m committed to figuring things out in a more careful and intentional way.)
Still left to do:
Record BLP ep (on efficiency for medical providers – yes it’s specific but I want to share my thoughts! Hopefully will have application to other fields as well.)
Upload BOBW ep for Tues
Phone call (once I get home, currently sitting @ orthodontist!)
(Was going to do sponsor stuff too but I am going to push to Thurs AM because I am ready for a break!)
20-30 min strength training