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- Guilt-free day: Plan which days you are taking a complete break from work – very helpful with the guilt!
- Early rise: Get up 1 hour before the kids and enjoy the quiet! Set just 1 main task to complete.
- Short burst: Plan 2 – 3 things across the day which can be done in short bursts , E.g. make 2 phone calls, read 1 article, write 1 blog or 3 tweets.
- Swap children. No – not for good! Plan a morning to look after a friend’s children and ask them to return the favour later in the holiday.
- Reading box. Trips to a park or an outing where the children are happily swinging from the trees without your assistance are perfect for catching up on articles, business magazines or books. (Keep a reading box in your office to tidy away publications as they arrive and grab 1 as you go out the door – perfect for Tweet material).
- Combo day out. Could you arrange a business meeting or a networking event near to a friend you haven’t seen for a while? Perhaps you could drop the children off for an hour or so with them and then catch up over lunch.
- Network in the park. Chances are that some of the people you want to network with are also juggling school holidays and work – could you have that informal meeting at a play centre, park, ice skating rink ...?
- Stay mobile. If you haven’t already invested in your smart phone – do it! However, a plea, there isn’t much sadder than the site of a crying and ignored child and a permanently texting, tweeting Mum.
- Kids clubs. It’s not cheating – honestly. A well chosen club to develop new skills, hone existing ones and make new friends can work for everyone. (It does help if they already know some children – remember how it feels for you walking into a room full of strangers.)
And when you’ve exhausted all of your options there’s always the cupboard under the stairs – no! Not to lock the children in, to dig out the games tucked away for a rainy day.