Anna Burgess Yang

Tinkering With Ideas #017: Days of everything and nothing

Published about 1 year agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hi Reader πŸ‘‹ -

I went to the Art Institute of Chicago last weekend. There are two special exhibits right now: Salvador DalΓ­ and van Gogh.

I'm always in awe as I stand before such masterpieces. Millions of people have gazed upon such works. I'm lucky that I have access to the museum.

1) Reflection:

Summers are always busy. The kids go to full-day camp, so it's a similar structure to the school year, but we do a lot of activities on the weekends.

I like the bustle of summer but we're so routine-based that it's also exhausting. I feel like there's less time to "get stuff done" that's needed to keep a household running (like mowing the lawn, lol).

If you have a love-hate relationship with the business of summer, I feel you. And much as I want to slow down, slowing down means saying "no" to some of the activities we enjoy β€” and can only do in the summer when the weather is warm.

2) Product:

My kids always want to know what's going on. So we have a giant dry-erase calendar and I write down our planned events.

Honestly, it's kind of annoying since everything is in our family Google Calendar. But the kids can visually see the whiteboard and know what's upcoming. My middle child reminds me to change the calendar at the beginning of every month. He WANTS TO KNOW what is happening.

3) Tip:

Ever since my kids were little, we've had Collective Family Quiet Time on the weekends. It began when my second son transitioned to one nap per day and we realized that we could get both kids to nap simultaneously. Then both parents would nap. It was glorious.

As the kids got older, the parents didn't want to give up our nap time. So we told the kids that if they didn't nap, they needed to play quietly in their rooms so we could nap. Now, as a family of five, we have Quiet Time in the house from 12:00 to 3:00 pm every weekend. We even plan activities around Quiet Time, if possible. (I also take naps most weekdays.)

I tell every new parent to do this. You'll never regret having that break in the day β€” even as your kids get older.

That's it for this issue of Tinkering! See you again in two weeks.


Anna Burgess Yang

​LinkedIn | Medium | Substack​

Want more ideas?

β†’ Automate Your Content Repurposing | me, on Buffer's blog!

β†’ How I Get It Done | Samantha Irby, The Cut (I discovered Samantha Irby in the past year and love her writing and humor)

β†’ Frozen Out of a Job | I started a new series on my Substack, letting people share their worst work stories via interview

If you're enjoying this newsletter, please forward to a friend. Sharing is caring. Or you can buy me a coffee and fuel my writing habit.

Anna Burgess Yang

Writer. Productivity Geek. Always Tinkering.

Practical tips to make your day better & make your life easier.

Read more from Anna Burgess Yang

Hello, fellow tinkerer πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. School's out for the summer. Which means my kids are in summer camp and, as a result, our schedule shifts a lot. 1) Reflection: If you're like me and summer throws you off from your "routine": I get it. I have a love / hate relationship with summer. Love doing stuff with my family and outside, but am always relieved when the school year starts again. I'm not really a go-with-the-flow person. I like plans and like to know what's happening....

10 days agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hello, fellow tinkerer πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. My kids only have 8 days left in the school year, which is wild to me. On top of that, my oldest will be in high school in the fall. 😭 I've heard the saying, "The days are long, but the years are short" and it is TOTALLY true. If you're a parent with older kiddos, I'm sure you'd tell me that in another blink of an eye, my son will be graduating from high school. 1) Reflection: The more I think about my kids going off into the world, the more I think...

24 days agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hello fellow tinkerer πŸ‘‹ - Happy Wednesday. My kids are counting down the days to the end of the school year (seventeen). We shift to a summer routine. My kids go to summer camp and my oldest son joined a running group in preparation for high school cross-country (which he will join in the fall). Transportation during the school year is easy because my kids take the bus. Summer involves a lot more driving. 1) Reflection: I go through different bouts with writing. Sometimes I move at a frenetic...

about 1 month agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read
Share this post