Best Schedule for Work When Schools are Closed

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By Jessica Stillman

This Is the Best Schedule for Working Parents When Schools Are Closed, According to a Time-Management Expert

“In the Covid-19 economy, you can have a kid or a job. You can’t have both,” declared cookbook author Deb Perelmen in a recent, much circulated New York Times op-ed that perfectly captured the mounting despair of working parents during the pandemic. 

Time-management expert Laura Vanderkam disagrees. 

Not that Vanderkam, a mother herself and author of several successful books on time management, would probably disagree when Perelman writes of her fellow working parents, “Every single person confesses burnout, despair, feeling like they are losing their minds, knowing in their guts that this is untenable.”

Trying to balance a full-time job and full-time (or in the case of some school districts, half-time) child care responsibilities is desperately difficult and unsustainable in the long-term. Typically it’s even tougher if you’re running a business. But Vanderkam recently told Business Insider that there is a schedule working parents can use to keep the juggle going for at least a little bit longer.

Here are some tips to help.

Originally published on August 18, 2020