Daily Productive Sharing 085 - 如何高效工作又顾家?

One helpful tip per day:)

(The English version follows)

今天的分享来自一位有三个孩子的市场主管 Amanda Goetz,她分享了自己如何优先规划家庭时间,同时保证高效工作产出的经验。她的方法很有意思:

  1. 每天都会写一封邮件给自己,列出当天要做的事情;
  2. 因为她是一个 morning person,所以每天早餐后的90分钟是她最高效的时间;
  3. 每天下午四点到七点都是雷打不动的家庭时间,她会用这三个小时和孩子们相处,工作靠边;
She took my call during her “bopping around” hours in the middle of the day, when her kids sometimes sit in her lap while she’s in a meeting, or she emails while waiting for her daughter to finish an assignment, when everything blends, when they’re “in it together.”
I put my intention into an email I send to myself every morning – it ends up in my inbox, and since I’m an inbox-zero kind of person, that means I’ll take action on it.
After breakfast comes my power time. It’s what I think of as my ‘offense time’ from my years as a basketball player – when I’m in charge and in most control of my thinking.
My team understands that during that period, I’m juggling working with taking care of the kids – they know that very clearly, because I’ve deliberately communicated it to them.
From four to seven, I make sure my calendar is blocked out for family time. That’s when I’ll say to my team, “Hey guys – family time! I’ll be back on at seven. If you need me before then, text me!”
When it comes to my team, I believe that you have to communicate clearly every single day, and not leave anything in a vacuum of unknown – where expectations are unexpressed.
My most important tool in avoiding that guilt has been focus and finish – and I use that phrase both in how I approach my own work, and how I integrate my kids into my workday.

Amanda Goetz Doesn't Believe in Balance

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Today's share comes from Amanda Goetz, a marketing executive with three children, who shares her experience on how to prioritize family time while ensuring efficient work productivity. Her approach is interesting:

  1. she writes an email to herself every day listing the things she aims to do that day.
  2. because she is a morning person, the 90 minutes after breakfast is her most productive time of day.
  3. a fixed family time from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, during which she would spend three hours with the children and leave work aside.
She took my call during her “bopping around” hours in the middle of the day, when her kids sometimes sit in her lap while she’s in a meeting, or she emails while waiting for her daughter to finish an assignment, when everything blends, when they’re “in it together.”
I put my intention into an email I send to myself every morning – it ends up in my inbox, and since I’m an inbox-zero kind of person, that means I’ll take action on it.
After breakfast comes my power time. It’s what I think of as my ‘offense time’ from my years as a basketball player – when I’m in charge and in most control of my thinking.
My team understands that during that period, I’m juggling working with taking care of the kids – they know that very clearly, because I’ve deliberately communicated it to them.
From four to seven, I make sure my calendar is blocked out for family time. That’s when I’ll say to my team, “Hey guys – family time! I’ll be back on at seven. If you need me before then, text me!”
When it comes to my team, I believe that you have to communicate clearly every single day, and not leave anything in a vacuum of unknown – where expectations are unexpressed.
My most important tool in avoiding that guilt has been focus and finish – and I use that phrase both in how I approach my own work, and how I integrate my kids into my workday.

Amanda Goetz Doesn't Believe in Balance

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