I’ve been trying out a new strategy. It’s called: getting up early to work.
With a 16 month old who is very active and doesn’t nap or sleep much, my opportunities for unbroken stretches of quiet, focused work are extremely limited. I was getting really frustrated with the pattern of sitting in front of the computer for hours and hours without getting anything done AND feeling like a loser mom and partner. The only way to break that pattern, I thought, was to change my approach. The only time that looked possible to claim as “mine” was 5:30 AM.
So now, that’s my wake up time.
Getting up at 5:30 is not easy. At all. But it gives me three or four hours to work in silence… and occasionally I get to see an incredible sunrise like the one above.