allow yourself enough time for each task





as much as needed for each task



Yesterday was my first time doing lots of new stuff in NYC.

First time going from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

First time taking the metro on my own here.

First time having a job interview.

First time taking Duderino to daycare.

My self-care?

Allow plenty of time for every step. It was a crucial self-care act. And it’s one that I recommend to anyone : in stressful situations, allow yourself plenty of time for each step.

You don’t want to be running against time.

You don’t want to add pressure to the pressure.

You want to wake up early in the morning.

Shower and wear the clothes you selected the day before.

Get the kids ready, with the outfits you selected for them the day before,

You want to have a hearty and slowly chewed breakfast.

You want to have time to walk to your sonss daycare, stay with him for 30 minutes, with no pressure and no stress, until you’re both ready to leave each other for the day.

You want to go to the subway and take all the time you need to buy your ticket. Insert your credit card. Realize you’re using the wrong one.

Hesitate on how many rides to buy.

Make a mistake.

Cancel the operation,

Start over.

Hop in the train.

Be worry-free because even if it’s the wrong one, you have plenty of time to get lost.

Get to your final destination.

Walk slowly, looking at people around. Love this girl’s outfit, a dark marine satin skirt, white cotton shirt and beautiful mid-lenght hair. Simple and efficient.

Arrive early at your final destination.

Find the premices.

Realize you have time for a lunch.

Take your time to select what you’re having.

Eat slowly.

Carefully clean the back rice stuck on your teeth.

Go to your interview.


When you get out, it’s not 2 PM yet and you’re ready for the reverse itinerary with less pressure than when you came. If that’s even possible.


WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? Allowing ourselves enough time to do things dramatically lowers stress. Some situations that end up to be stressful are not stressful by nature. What’s stressful is that we don’t allow enough time for them.


In this paper, 6 incredible TED Talks about time Management, you will find links to the following very interesting talks.

  1. David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself0 from bad meetings
  2. Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off
  3. Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
  4. paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try moni-tasking
  5. David Pogue: 10 time-saving tech tips
  6. Ted-ed: How to write a To-Do List and know where your time goes

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