Here’s a fun little question for today, ladies: if you could only choose one, which would you prefer for yourself: mornings or evenings? If you’ve successfully claimed one for your “me-time”, what are your tips?
For example, I know of one mom who could get up and work on big projects from 4-6 but had to leave the house to do it; I know of another friend who trades off different nights to stay late at the office with her partner so one of them gets at least an evening to themselves.
I even know of an entrepreneur who’s said the secret to her productivity is her divorce — her ex has the kids for at least three nights a week, which gives her both mornings and evenings and the freedom to work until 3:00 in the morning if she wants to.
I’ve written before about how my naturally “productive time” directly conflicts with dinnertime, and Kate recently rounded up some tips on how to work after your kids go to bed. We’ve also talked about how to find time to work out as a working mom.
I can see pros and cons to both — on the pro, for the morning, you’re fresh and your mind is at its absolute best! (In fact, we talked about this over at Corporette recently, asking whether you take time for yourself in the morning — or just get up and go to work?)But on the con: sleep is beautiful and far too fleeting! (Particularly if your kiddo often wakes you up in the middle of the night so you’re a sleep deprived working mom.)
On the flip side, evenings are easier to claim — but after working a full day, and dealing with “end of day” wrap-up with kids (often dinner, bathtime, bedtime — even if you and your partner share those parenting duties!) then evenings often find me bleary-eyed and unfocused.
(Case in point: last night I settled in for what I hoped would be a long, uninterrupted stretch with my downloaded Mint transactions, my accountant’s “tax planner” questions, and all the various tax documents I’ve gotten in the mail… but instead I wound up clicking around on various screens, buying $200 worth of stuff I’ll likely return, and… nope, not a minute spent on taxes. Hmmn.)
Another factor, of course, is what you want to do with the time… (Is it a sign of adulting that I’m considering doing my taxes as me time?) If it’s just obsessively read political news and silly books and maybe watch TV, then YES, I have successfully claimed the time between 10 PM-1AM. But if it you want to work out, write, read non-silly books, or otherwise do anything involving brain power or attention to detail, then I’d much rather prefer the morning time. Hmmn.
How about you, ladies — would you rather claim the mornings or evenings as your “me-time”? If you have successfully claimed them, what are your best tips for other working moms? What do you do with me time when you have it?
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