I realized a long time ago that being a working mom meant I had to work faster and more efficiently than my colleagues at the office. I simply had no choice. I didn’t have the luxury of working 12 hours (who knew that was a luxury, right?), I had to be out in 8 hours to pick up the kids, so that meant working fast and, more importantly, smart.
Luckily, I found Julie Morgenstern’s “Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work”. Julie’s always been my organization guru, but this book is easily her best. It’s filled with absolutely practical, change-your-work-life-right-now strategies that will make it possible to do 12 hours of work in 8.
My favorite tips include her advice to “never check email in the morning” from the title and the life-changing To Do List. Yes, I said it: a way of doing your daily To Do List that actually means the right things get done every day and you can feel you made real progress. Seriously.
So now, you hightail it out of the office at 5pm. You know, so you can go home and work your second job for the next 8 hours. Good times.