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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.

3 Easy Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do

Categories: kids, the juggle

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IMG_20140112_100200005_HDRRecently, I made my children spend a day writing cards and handing them out to strangers in our neighborhood. I’d been wanting to get them involved in a kindness project for a while, and a sponsorship on my blog gave me the nudge I’d needed to make the time. The three of us had a great time, and I’m so glad we made kindness a priority for one day.

Most moms don’t find themselves in a position of being paid for doing good.

Normally, we have to balance random kindness with work, school, household chores, personal care, and maintaining relationships.

Normally, we rely on the unexpected opportunities to do good. We hold doors, carry a grocery bag, or let someone turn left across from us at a green light.

And while those small kindness are important and impactful, they can sometimes feel too small to be seen by the little ones for whom we model good character.

How can we, as busy parents, easily involve our kids in random acts of kindness?
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How Expressing Gratitude Can Improve Your Career

Categories: balance, career advice, the juggle, working mom

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Gratitude is this month’s buzz word. You’ve probably seen it all over your Facebook timeline, and it will surely start popping up in TV commercials any second now. I’m a fan of gratitude myself and encourage people to practice it all year round because of how it can boost one’s personal happiness. But, did you also know that gratitude can help you get ahead at work?

Feeling grateful can make you more productive.

When you’re loving your job and appreciating the paycheck and perks, it’s easier to do your best work. If you’re feeling resentful, you might be tempted to hold back or do the bare minimum.
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How to adapt when life happens

Categories: the juggle

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Because Why Not? I love productivity tools. I also love lists, scheduling downtime, and utilizing a few other tips and tricks for getting everything done while maintaining balance. But as many mothers know, no matter how much you plan ahead, life still happens. Things blow up. And - just when all my pro tips and lifehacks appear to be useless -my real superpower shines.

I am a champion adapter.

I prefer to plan ahead and have two or three contingency plans in place. I prefer to be in control. I hate the unexpected. But, as I said, life happens – and the unexpected is a big part of that. It happens personally and professionally, and when it does, we’ve got two options:
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A case for paying other people to do the hard things

Categories: the juggle

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Please Pay Here 3-14-09 19I’m a proponent of learning new skills. I believe the sense of accomplishment are worth the frustration and time invested. Doing things that are difficult can, eventually, make you happier. But, I’m also starting to learn that paying someone to do hard stuff for me can make me pretty darn happy as well.

After seven years of running my own blog, I recently received an email from my web host letting me know that my site was no longer eligible for a shared server. It was “using too many resources”, an explanation that still doesn’t make sense to me, and I was to be “upgraded” to a virtual server that would cost five times my current monthly rate. I logged into my admin panel, took a look at graph bars that purported to be monitoring my resources, and promptly realized I was in over my head.
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How do you transition from mom to professional?

Categories: balance, the juggle, working from home, working mom

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Finding the Perfect Hat...PricelessI start my days as a mother. The drill is a familiar one to most mothers: make wake up call, encourage teeth and hair brushing, check children’s clothes for obvious stains or tears, check backpack for homework and papers that should have been signed the night before, slobber kids with hugs and kisses as they run out the door. My goal is to help my kids begin their day on the right foot, well loved and appropriately dressed. What happens next determines how prepared I’ll be for my own day.
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Tell me: did you take the time to build your schedule?

Categories: the juggle

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Schedule A4ISMSuccessful people often talk or write about the power of their routines. They meditate in the morning or begin their day with a workout. They make time for self care and know precisely when they are most creative and productive. While I see the wisdom in these bits of advice, I can’t help but wonder when these superhumans were able to willfully craft a schedule.
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Lessons in mindfulness from the dawdlers

Categories: balance, the juggle

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I believe that mindfulness can help us be happier people, better parents, and more productive in our careers. And yet, this post was partially written in my head while I scarfed down a bowl of cereal and scanned my to-do list. I’ve switched to another tab on my computer twice while writing this paragraph. Multi-tasking is the opposite of mindfulness, but it’s a habit I struggle to avoid when life gets extra busy.

It’s an easy trap to fall into. The busier I get - or more specifically, the more things that have to be done in the foreseeable future - the more likely I am to buy into the myth that moving quickly and doing many things at once equals efficiency. Efficiency, obviously, is the key to not falling behind, to getting it all done in the appropriate time frame. I forget that multi-tasking often means every task takes longer.
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How to find help for our kids

Categories: mommy guilt, the juggle

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Reach out I intended for Friday, December 14, 2012 to be all about celebrating my child becoming a teenager. Instead, it was the day that 20 first graders were killed in a small Connecticut town. In the days since, there has been a lot of talk about why this tragedy happened and how we might prevent it from happening again. This space is largely unsuited for most of those discussions. However, there has been one topic, something President Obama even mentioned during his speech in Newtown Sunday night , about which I can write: how to get help raising your kids.

We all need help.
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My 5 favorite cheat codes for winning the working-parent game

Categories: Parenting Tips and Tricks for the working mom, balance, the juggle

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iCade Cabinet - Joystick For me, winning as a working parent means finding the balance between paying the bills and enjoying time with my loved ones. It’s also having a relationship with my kids, my spouse, my extended family, my friends, my community and myself. That said, it often seems like the purpose of the game itself is to somehow find enough time and money to make all of that happen within one lifetime. For an average player like me, there’s simply no way to survive - let alone win - without using a few cheat codes now and then.
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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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