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Busy working moms, take note! This book offers helpful, real-world tips for getting your crazy schedule under control, tackling work projects, dealing with "time-suckers" (both tasks and people), simplifying housework, and even finding time to relax without driving yourself crazy----all with plenty of lighthearted humor mixed in. Written by a successful freelancer and publishing executive, this book will get you up off the couch and powering through your to-do list in no time.

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ISBN: 9781311827357
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Working moms and dads have it rough these days. You get up every morning at 6 am and run around like a spastic monkey trying to get yourself AND your kids showered, fed, dressed and out the door. You drop the kids off at school or daycare, then you sit in traffic swearing at the guy who cut you off at that last intersection. You use stoplights to either put on your makeup or shove a greasy, artery-clogging Egg McMuffin into your mouth.

By the time you get to work, you're already tired and stressed out, which only gets worse throughout the day. While you know you're lucky to have a job, with today's economy and job market being what it is you're probably doing the work of five or six people thanks to the seven rounds of layoffs your company’s had since the Great Recession. As a result you're overwhelmed, crabby, and likely hate your job and your boss. But with kids to feed and a mortgage to pay, you just don't see any other option.

After nine or ten hours at the office (chances are you ate lunch at your desk, too—who has time for lunch hours anymore?), you slog home, pick up the kids from school and daycare, and spend the next couple hours running around catching up on the shopping errands, the kids' dance lessons, your son’s Cub Scout meetings, ad nauseum, so that by the time you finally do get home, you're exhausted. Dinner is either takeout or something prepackaged and salt-laden that you nuked in the microwave. Then you get the kids their baths, make sure they do their homework, and everyone falls into bed, exhausted and cranky, around 10:30 pm.

The house is a wreck, and you haven't given a second thought to simple housekeeping matters like ironing or cleaning the toilet in months. You and your spouse have little to no sex life, and you lie awake at night worried about how you'll pay the bills. Everything you earn is spent even before it hits your bank account—between the student loans, the credit cards, the mortgage and the property taxes you have to pay in order to live in a halfway-decent school district, you are dead broke. Forget about hobbies, exercise, or anything else that you need to do in order to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy—there's no time! And tomorrow, you just have to get up and do the whole thing over again.

Does this sound like you? Do you ever feel like there's not enough time to get everything you need done? Is your sink full of dirty dishes? Is your laundry basket overflowing? Is your kids' playrooms a disaster area? Do you not even remember the last time you went on a date with your spouse or partner? Do you feel so overwhelmed by all that you're NOT getting accomplished that you just throw up your hands in defeat—which only makes the problem worse?

You're not alone. This is reality for millions of families across North America. But it doesn't have to be. With a few simple changes, you'll be amazed by how much more you can get accomplished—and it won't even feel like work! In this book, I'll present five simple time-management steps that I've put into place in my own home and office. If they can work for me, they can work for anybody!

Wait a minute, you're probably thinking. Who the heck is this random stranger whose ebook I stumbled across on the Internet, and who is she to tell me that time management is simple and easy? If it really were simple and easy, my life wouldn't be such a stressful disaster, dammit!

Believe me, I can understand why you might be thinking that. I once thought that way too. But over time I learned through simple trial and error that there are better options. They say that necessity is the best teacher, and I agree with that old adage. Why? After my first child was born, I left a stressful job as a health policy analyst because the work demands just didn't fit with child-rearing—frequent travel, long hours, workdays that started in the office at 6 am and ended with late-night conference calls I conducted in my darkened living room while my husband and baby sulked in another room. It wasn’t workable by any stretch of the imagination, but with student loans and a large mortgage to pay—to say nothing of supporting my newborn son—I didn’t see quitting my job as an option.

At least, not at first. But eventually, the decision was made for me. At the time I was working for a company that had an inherent bias against working moms. Any time a woman went on maternity leave there, she would come back to a job she no longer recognized—her duties tripled, her secretary reassigned to someone down the hall, and what was once