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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

Productivity: Is it a worthy goal?

Categories: balance, the juggle

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Estate sale score!I am in a constant struggle to squeeze more productivity out of my day. More accurately, I am in a constant struggle to not be angry with or disappointed in myself for not being able to do as much as I think I should. Long time readers here will not be surprised by this - or to know that I have once again decided to try and do something about it - but whenever I mention my attempts to increase productivity, I am met with a bit of push-back from trusted friends who ask, “what’s so great about productivity?”
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How a trip to the dentist ruined my day and changed my priorities

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In the dentist chairI confess that I’d put it off for far too long; I had a feeling the news would not be good once we went. Finally, just a few weeks after moving into our new home, I took both of my kids to the dentist. I got the news I’d been avoiding: my 12-year-old son needs braces.

Hearing the dentist say the words “orthodontist” and “as soon as possible” in the same sentence put a damper on my day. Having the receptionist request more than double what I’d budgeted for the visit (no, we don’t have dental insurance) solidified my bad mood and sent me into a momentary panic.
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I want my husband to want to work less

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36/365We are officially moved into our new home in Pittsburgh, PA.

Well, we have a couch, the kids have beds, and I finally found the power cord to my laptop this morning. We’re moved in-ish.

Yesterday, while I was picking up beds from local thrift stores and unpacking dishes, my husband was working. This morning, he left our new home bright and early to interview for potential job #2 (his possible side hustle.) While I’m eager to turn a rented duplex into a home as soon as possible, he’s anxious to bring in the cash. Almost, I daresay, too anxious.
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My foolproof plan for getting overextended

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Library visitorI got home from a 9-day family vacation at about midnight last night. In five days, my family and I are moving to a new city in a new state. And yet, in the next 48 hours, I have a full week’s worth of work to get done.

Why? Because I am constantly overestimating what I can accomplish in a day and underestimating how much time I need to decompress.
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Using lists instead of schedules to enjoy my summer more

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DSC_0007_0079Working parents around the world share the same general feeling about extended vacations from school: oh, crap.

How will we keep the kids entertained while still managing to work so that we can also keep them fed?

Summer breaks are especially difficult, I’ve found, because I’d rather be outside playing or taking the kids to the pool than working. (You’re never too old to appreciate that sunshine is better than the glow of a computer screen.) This year, however, I’m looking forward to my kids’ break from their school schedule and the added flexibility it provides our already loosey-goosey lives
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The price of being too connected

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Wired Intersection I was reading Nataly’s post about conquering email and noticed a commenter said she’d gotten hers under control - well, her work email. Her personal email was admittedly still a mess. I found myself wondering not about the woman’s organizational skills, but about how many email addresses she had.
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What’s more important than financial security?

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When I first started writing for Work It, Mom! back in November of 2008 (wow, that seems like a long time ago!), I was working in sales and marketing for a small business in Central Florida. I worked roughly 40 hours a week, commuted another 8, and earned a salary plus commissions for my time and efforts. I was confident I was happy and fulfilled in my work. In fact, my very first post here (and still my most popular) was a manifesto of sorts about why some moms work full time.

Three and a half years later, I am now working from my laptop as I travel across the country with my family. I have no office, co-workers, or commute. Also long gone are the days of a reliable salary.

There are days when I question the sanity of my decision to go rogue, to quit my grown-up job and hit the road. I still have two young children to provide for, after all, and my family’s standard of living - though it’s changed dramatically - still depends on my ability to earn money. My work continues to grant me the other benefits of working full time, but the income is as dynamic as my mailing address. I wonder on occasion if the forum commenters are right, if I’m being selfish and depriving my children of the security that comes from a normal life.
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Update on Operation: No Computer in Bed

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It’s been one week since I decided to kick the laptop out of bed in an effort to bring a little more balance into my nomadic life. Yes, I work from a traveling home right now, but that doesn’t mean I have to work from bed, right?

Right.

So, how is my attempt to unplug from the matrix at night working out?

I’m about halfway there. Maybe a quarter of the way.
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I need to kick the laptop out of bed

Categories: balance, the new office, working mobile

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As I type this, I’m sitting in the middle of my bed in our RV. I’m wearing the black leggings and tank top I put on underneath a black wrap dress when I got dressed in at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco two days ago. That outfit was cute, but two days of working from my bed later and, well, the smell is more of a concern than the appearance.
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I Suck at Self Discipline

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I declared this the year of good health . I acknowledged that taking care of myself was better not only for my personal health and happiness, but for my business. I decided to start with small changes, like getting up and doing yoga every morning.

I made it five days in a row.

I don’t even know what happened. I have continued to go to bed at a decent time and get up early, but instead of doing a bit of stretching, I opened my computer and went to work right away one morning. By the time I realized what I’d done, I was pretty solidly into the flow and couldn’t tear myself away for 30 minutes of deep breathing and stretching. Before I knew it, a week and had gone by and I hadn’t so much as touched my toes.
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