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Reality Blog: Summer Fun and Productivity

Reality Blog: Summer Fun and Productivity

July 30, 2014 | By John Mullen | 1 Comment

The child builds a sand castle on the beach

And here I thought summer would be more productive.

With the kids out of school, I thought:

  1. The kids would sleep in, letting me get work done in the mornings.
  2. No school activities to fill our schedule.
  3. No sports or dance classes to shuttle around to.
  4. I could send them outside when I needed some peace and quiet.

In short, I thought I’d be able to get plenty of work done throughout the day while they were here. Plus, they spend a few days a week with their mom, so I have three days completely to myself. Summer break shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Not exactly.

Over the past two months, I’ve come to realize that my base assumptions were completely flawed. And that’s left me playing a constant game of “catch-up.” I keep finding myself on Friday with lots of high-priority tasks still on my list.

It comes down to poor planning, really. And all because I based my schedule on false assumptions.

So what’s really happening this summer? Here’s the real story …

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One Comment

  • John – I LOVE IT!
    If their was a perfect rule book on how to raise a family and be a productive copywriter – it still wouldn’t be perfect. Unless you can get the children to read and abide by the rule book.

    I have several techniques I use at different times for family sanity and productivity. 1) I wear big head phones when the family is suppose to let me work. I don’t always have music turned on, but they get the hint. 2) I have 8 x 11 sheets of paper with simple instructions I post outside my office door. One reads: Yeh, Yeh, Yeh, barge in – like I can stop you anyhow. Another one reads: Unless I need to call 911 – don’t bother me! And my final favorite one: Yes, dinner is made – Look on the stove.

    Thanks for the article.
    I can’t wait to read the next one!

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