Subsistence scheduling

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Many of us learned about subsistence farming — growing just enough to feed yourself and your family — as schoolchildren. I think about it a lot these days, not because I’m anywhere close to self-sufficient, but because I find it a nice metaphor for what’s going on with my schedule these days.

Namely, I can’t seem to accomplish anything beyond the most critical tasks, and I can’t build up a bank of time during my workday that I could trade for other things, like, say, naps (says the mother whose baby wakes up at 5:30 with his party pants on). I’ve always been an organized yet casual scheduler, and I’m wondering if I need to start being a little more ruthless — or at the very least, if I should start scheduling free time.

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