Thank you for your thoughts yesterday. I have been thinking about it, and it’s really just . . . math.
I can’t realistically fit all of the things I mentioned into the number of hours I have available (or really, hours I want to be working).
Now to figure out what to declutter . . .
This website –> well, I DO want to declutter the ads (I tried yesterday and nothing happened (*&$@#). Maybe all subsequent posts will be written by chatGPT. No one will notice, right?
Newsletter –> I love the idea of making this a Quintile thing instead of monthly!
BLP –> I am not entirely sure I will go with the ‘rerun’ approach. I really want this show to continue to grow, and I also have commitments to sponsors. This is probably *not* what I will be decluttering. While I know this doesn’t change the math mentioned above, I could probably do better with batch recording.
BOBW –> Laura and I run this podcast efficiently, and I also don’t see us running re-airs! I feel like we have room for growth/development on this show as well, and I enjoy doing it. So, also not on the chopping block.
Courses –> Digital Detox / Live will be happening, but I think that will be it for 2023. Also: I included 1:1 slots with Best Laid Plans Academy and it was truly lovely to chat with people in that way, but I don’t think I will be able to include anything like that again. (I’m still glad I did it! It was a great way to get feedback and learn what was working in the initial cohorts!)
Email –> That is tough. I *like* responding to emails from listeners/readers. I also don’t like having emails I write NOT get responded to (often I will contact a podcast with similar audience size to mine and get . . . crickets. Annoying!). But I could probably be more minimalist in my responses sometimes.
Book Proposal –> I feel like BLP is just ready to be a book — and I didn’t feel that way before! I do think I could spend some time this summer at least delving into a proposal. But it may make more sense to focus on this when I am not actively running courses, or at least not designing/setting up new ones.
YouTube –> Lol. I can SEE how I could do something with YouTube. But it would have to be somehow combined with podcast recording, and outsourced. (And nope, not adding this right now.)
Available blocks of time:
Tuesdays/Thursdays: I still want to do the 3 1:1 kid days. They are on the calendar and if I took them off there would be massive disappointment (understandably!). The idea of using PL time for this would have been very smart but I have to request PL months in advance because we are so tight on patient slots, and I didn’t.
I will still need to use these days for kid (and self) appointments. We don’t have tons of these, but they do add up. Admittedly I also sometimes squeeze in things for myself on these days – hair appointments 3-4x/year, mani/pedis every ~2 months, occasional massages. I should probably relegate these to the end of the day (like 4:30 pm) when I am useless anyway, or consider doing them on the way home from work sometimes (Laura’s “one night for you” rule, right?).
(Except hair straightening, that takes all day. But it saves me lots of time on other days!)
I have 15 days of PL time accumulated, which at my current schedule is a lot (basically 5 weeks, not 3). I kind of like having an available buffer because I now accumulate it at a slower rate (part time vs full time), but this is a good reminder to make sure I am not miserly with myself about it.
It would not be crazy to add in a random day every other month in 2024 in addition to vacations planned etc. It’s pretty much too late to do this for 2023.
Sleep –> I absolutely cannot sleep any less than I am currently sleeping (probably averaging 7 hrs/night but lately some 6.75 hr nights which is just not enough). In fact, I would like to sleep more.
Weekends –> Yeah, no. I honestly am not really interested in working on weekends.
Nighttime –> Same.
Early am –> Same.
I think I will print out an IDEAL MONTH (as opposed to an ideal week) and play with theoretical distribution of the tasks noted above.
Josh and I made the executive decision to not go to Montana over December/Christmas break.
We are taking a long and expensive trip this summer which we did save for, but still – as I was booking flights to Vancouver x 5 ($$$$$) I realized the numbers just were not going to add up. I recognized this is TRULY a NON PROBLEM and as such, I am not complaining whatsoever — just sharing.
We may do an off-season Amelia Island jaunt instead, with an optional camping component for family members that are not me. Florida in the winter is great! Or if we really want cold/snow, we could take a trip to see / stay with my parents with much cheaper slopes nearby.
Travel has become pricier and pricier and even though I do not mind having it take up a large chunk of our overall budget — well, there are limits. You can do all the mental gymnastics you want, but at the end of the day (just like with time) . . . math can provide some pretty clear answers. And better to do the math first, I think.
(If it works out, we may try to go back to Big Sky in 2024 spring break, with a lower-key trip over the 2024 summer to balance things out. Is there any chance Montana is less cold in March, anyway?)