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There are too many reasons to feel guilty about missing out. Too many reasons to resent SAHMs who get to spend their days with their kids and too many reasons to wish DH would take on more home-related chores. [SAHM=Stay at Home Mom / DH=Darling Husband]

This short blog post on Mama PhD at InsideHigherEd.com describes how one academic was inspired to devote more time at home with her kids on non-urgent but important interests. Her comments are based, roughly, on the Eisenhower method matrix illustrated below in the grid.

Who needs another lesson on time management? Well, I do. Sometimes it seems like almost everything feels URGENT and IMPORTANT. The blog author Tropp points out that this strategy gives her a way to attend to other priorities that are not in crisis. But the things that are non-urgent (folding laundry and putting it away, unloading the dishwasher, and countless other domestic tasks) still need get done because not doing them presents a problem. And even though my instinct is to avoid doing things in quadrants III and IV, these activities are the things that make life more liveable. Le sigh.

Welcome to my sty, I mean home.

Based  on habit 3, "put first things first" in the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Based on habit 3, “put first things first” in the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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