Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern Maine, Quebec, and parts in between
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I manage by being organized and keeping my outside commitments to a minimum...for instance arranging for DS #1 to have a one-hour music lesson every other week instead of 1/2 hour every week...we combine errands, homeschool/unschool, and belong to a coop that delivers once a month...we rarely go out of our own village these days...if we happen to run errands it's actually quite exciting and we make a day of it. I keep a running list of things to do, things I need.
House is small...I can do housework, cooking, cleaning, letter writing while my programs are running. Some are large...some I let run overnight and give my client a discount for that.
My clients are all child-friendly. (At least they are friendly when it comes to my children.)
I set reasonable work limits and sometimes go way over and sometimes am dry when it comes to work. I try to make the best of both situations.
I manage my $ well.
I drink coffee and do mental yoga and breathing and watch what I eat/don't eat when I have to work long hours. I don't think it's lack of sleep, but stress, that makes me tired. I can make do with very little sleep but it helps that I am actually excited about my projects when I am involved with them!