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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.

How To Build Your Own Mastermind Group

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I joined a mastermind group this summer, and it has been one of the best business and personal decisions I’ve ever made for myself. If you’re local to Pittsburgh, I highly recommend you checkout the group I’m a part of. But what about everyone else?

If there isn’t a mastermind group that you can plug into, the next best option is to create your very own.
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5 Tips For Having A Happier Work Day

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HA1-000370 Whether or not you love what you do, working is a reality that many women can’t avoid. If the bulk of our lives are comprised of work days, we’d be wise to figure out how to enjoy them as much as possible.

1. Have a good morning. The way you begin your day tends to set the tone for the remainder of it. Starting with spilled coffee, rushed breakfast, and an argument with your kids is likely to sour your mood at work. Do some planning the night before (pick out clothes, pack lunches and backpacks) so you can head to the office with a smile on your face.
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How To Balance Achieving With Appreciating

Categories: balance, mommy guilt, office life, working mom

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Nowhere to go As a working mom, I often feel like I get conflicting information. For example, I’m supposed to be sexy for my husband, but gender-neutral in a boardroom. (Hypothetically; I’ve never actually worked in a boardroom.) The advice we get on how to succeed also seems to contradict what we’re told we need to do in order to be happy.

In order to be successful, we’re supposed to set goals and have a forward-facing outlook.

In order to be happy, we’re supposed to focus on the present and be grateful for where we are right now .
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Evernote Hello app makes collecting business cards smarter

Categories: office life, the new office, working mobile

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I’m not the world’s greatest networker. I love hearing people’s stories and asking about their work, but I habitually forget to carry business cards and I’m not very good at explaining what I do. I do, however, accept business cards when they’re given to me. In the past, I’ve wondered if that was a futile activity, but I’ve discovered an app that promises to make collecting cards more useful.
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4 Mid-day pick me ups to survive the work day

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(341/365) Yawn, I shouldn't be left alone in the officeFatigue is my nemesis. It’s the the most prominent side effect of my depression and my body’s go-to coping response for stress, illness, and just about everything else - including a long day at work. But I have big plans for myself and a lot of work to make those plans happen. So, I have to find a way to battle through the mid-day slumps, recharge, and get back to it. (And because I’m a weenie and would never sleep at night, another cup of coffee isn’t an option.)

These are a few tricks I’ve found to get over the natural lulls in my workday, downswings which I’m learning are actually important signs.
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How to Restart a No Good, Very Bad Day

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I’m not sure if this is a phenomenon that is unique to women, or just me, but my mood definitely affects my work . If I’m sad or angry, I have a really hard time concentrating and creating at a top level. Of course, most of us don’t have the luxury of blowing deadlines or skipping work just because we’re in a bad mood. How can we suck it up – or improve our mood – long enough to get stuff done?
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I don’t have co-workers; I have a community

Categories: office life, relationships

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From My Back YardIn the last month, I’ve worked in a hospital room, at my mother’s kitchen table, from a balcony overlooking a Mexican beach, and in my own living room. My work is location independent, which means I’m free of the confines of a cubicle. It also means I don’t have co-workers in the traditional sense. Sometimes this blows. But as I’ve learned in the face of heartache and disaster over the last few weeks, I am not alone. Far from it, in fact.
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Workflowy: Yet another list management tool

Categories: office life, the new office

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the list I have written a lot about my favorite organization tools . I have also vowed to give up on getting organized all together. Anyone who has seen the home screen on my smart phone could have guessed that last one wasn’t going to stick.

I love tools almost as much as I love lists, so it is with much excitement that I introduce to you yet another tool for making lists. (I know!! It’s almost too much awesomeness to handle!!)

My fellow working mamas, I present to you: Workflowy .
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Why we don’t have nice things

Categories: Uncategorized, economy, office life, relationships, the juggle

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Day 21 Occupy Wall Street October 6 2011 Shankbone 16It’s not uncommon to blame children for a couple’s inability to have nice things. My husband and I, however, have no one but ourselves to blame.

A year ago, my husband and I sold just about everything we owned - including our beautiful home and my beloved shoe collection - so that we could move into an RV and travel for a year with our kids. That year of travel has come to an end and we now have room to put stuff again, but we’re not running out to replace all of our stuff. Why? Because we don’t want to go back to real jobs.


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Staying connected without an office

Categories: office life, the new office, working mobile

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I’m reading about Secret Santa drawings and office holiday parties, and I admit to being a little jealous. Yes, I get to roll out of bed at 9:30 in the morning. No, my lunch isn’t going to mysteriously disappear from the fridge. But working outside of the typical office environments also means I don’t have face to face interactions with co-workers. Ever.

I am by nature an autonomous worker, a trait that makes the mobile lifestyle a good fit for me, but occasionally I miss lunches with colleagues. I don’t miss meetings, necessarily, but I do miss having someone in my field readily available for brainstorming and feedback. My husband and children don’t make the best sounding boards for questions on marketing or target demographics.
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