Alice Dubin

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I’m a proud mom to six-year-old twins and also a proud professional with a demanding, deadline-driven solo practice. 

Most days — even when I’m not emerging tentatively from a pandemic like a thawing caveperson — it all just feels like a lot.

Indeed, like most working moms, I characterize myself as generally overcommitted and exhausted. But I have a strategy aimed at banishing burnout: I make my own summer Fridays. 

For most of my career, I’ve wrapped up work around noon every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Up until a couple of years ago, this practice was conveniently built into my work life as an employee of various New York City-based media organizations, among which this type of structure is a common employer-sanctioned practice and a well-loved tradition among staff.

When I shifted to the full-time freelance lifestyle in 2019, it was entirely up to me to defend this sacred time from work and errand creep. But by now I’ve learned that doing so is a game-changer for my lifestyle and sense of self, so I create my boundaries. 

In order to make it happen, I think of the summer as a whole, rather than looking at each week or day …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy

      

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