Straight and Curly 93: Productivity hacks for parents

When Carly and I first started this podcast, we thought we were really different (hence the podcast’s name – Straight and Curly). As it turns out, when it comes to productivity, we’re pretty much the same person. We do differ in one major area, however, and that’s the fact that I have kids and Carly doesn’t.

This week, Carly throws me under the bus and demands to know my best productivity tips for parents. Meanwhile, she takes great joy in sharing some randomly bad tips she’s found while searching the internet. In this episode we cover:

  • Morning routines
  • Limiting extracurricular activities
  • How doctors in the 20s blamed colic on ‘angry mothers’
  • Giving kids responsibilities
  • Lowering your standards
  • Old wives tales about calling ambulances when your child is hiccuping
  • Planning
  • Weighing up the payoffs


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