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Spring Break Update

by fivesimplethings on March 31st, 2010

We’re Day 4 into our Spring Break. I knew this year was going to be crazy because in the midst of the kids’ vacation from school, we’re gearing up for a big month at the office.

I’ve tried two methods for trying to maximize my time with my family.

The first method is to try to schedule all of my calls and work commitments in the morning so that I can really focus on the family in the afternoon. The other has been to try to block off two hour chunks of time when I know that our youngest kids will be down for naps.

Here’s the problem. When I try to do everything in the morning, my morning turns into mid-afternoon. If I try to make chunks of time work throughout the day, the chunks of time just keep getting longer and I start adding more chunks.

Bottom line—it’s hard to get work done when on Spring Break.

So I’m back to my original premise. Go back to the Do list and figure out the four things that need to get done, finish them, and then move on with the day. Let me know if you’re having success with what matters most over spring break in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

Glad we still have five days of vacation left!  Happy Easter.

-John Tolsma

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  1. John Fees permalink

    Love the book and entire concept.

    Let me know if we can help in any way.

    Congrats to your Duke team!

    John Fees

  2. Marty Begalla permalink

    Thank you, thank you for 5 Simple Things. I have added it to my morning devotional to kick-start my day. Lots of funny things have occured…even though I am retired I still have trouble keeping a manageable DO list. I am so THANKFUL for John Talsma! Marty

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