Working from home with kids around

The initial strangeness of working from a home office again has worn off and I’ve settled into a routine which is going pretty well. I’m at my desk around 8.30 having already drunk the first coffee of the day (which is kindly delivered to my bedside table), read Morning Prayer, skimmed the news, showered and…

These busy school holidays

We’re halfway through week one of the September school holidays and it feels like a lot’s been packed in already. I guess that’s bound to be the case when you have five kids. My husband and I have been tag-teaming work and parenting duties more than usual this week. I worked yesterday while he stayed…

A blog post about nothing*

Wow it’s been quiet here on the blog. I haven’t checked in for a while and obviously not many others have either. I’ve been busy, and seriously working on improving my use of time; making the most of those odd and unplanned bits of free time with the kids (impromptu walks, games of musical statues etc.),…

A second week in hours

I’m currently tracking my time to see how I’m spending my 168 hours each week and what I can do to use them a bit better. A few of my Facebook friends are doing this at the same time. You might also like to try it for yourself and see what insights you get from…

A week’s worth of (interrupted) hours

Last week I decided to keep a log of all my hours after reading how a time-management expert, Laura Vanderkam, kept a log of hers for a whole year. She wrote both on her blog and in a New York Times article about how tracking her time helps her to ensure that the way she spends it…

The end of the holidays and a little help needed

Our kids start school next Monday, except for the one starting kindy on Thursday. We’re trying to make the most of the last few days of the school holidays; my husband’s taken today and tomorrow off work so we can spend a nice long weekend together and I can get a couple of last-minute back-to-school…