Magazine article Working Mother

Exit Strategies

Magazine article Working Mother

Exit Strategies

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leaving the office on time to get to school pickup isn't easy when you have last-minute phone calls and chatty co-workers. here, laura Stack, author of Super Competent, offers her best tips.

Protect EOD time. Block off the last half hour of your workday as unavailable time. this will help avoid eleventh-hour requests and train co-workers to respect your schedule.

Pull it together. Don't wait until 4:59 to make a quick pit stop at the printer. instead, at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time, clean your desk, make a to-do list for the next day, grab your tupperware from the fridge, and put your coat in a visible spot. "this sends a clear signal that you're about to leave," says Stack. if you make an effort to stick to your own time frame, everyone else will, too.

Make a date. go ahead and make a standing commitment with your first grader or your Pilates class. Say "i will" to a winetasting course. give your postwork plans more importance. "most women can't justify leaving on time if it's not work related, but they should," says Stack. …

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