Best tips for juggling career and motherhood

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Best tips for juggling career and motherhood

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My biggest tips for balancing career and motherhood are actually what are being taught to my third grader right now in school: time management. That's why they give them homework so they learn time management. And I think it is the most essential skill for finding balance in your life; creating balance. You can't find it, you actually have to create it. So most days I wake up and I make a list. It's so simple; I just make a list. This is what I need to do today. And I make sure that one thing on that list is just for me. And whether that's 45 minutes working out or 45 minutes of writing, I like to give myself an hour. But I also list all those errands that need to be done. Because it's interesting, once I became a mother, there were just too many thoughts in my head, too many things that I had to keep track of. But once I put them on paper, I could look at them on the piece of paper and say, "Okay, I want to do this, this and this," and some days I don't get to everything on the list. But it gives me a map for the day. And without that, it's too easy to get pulled here and pulled there and also just kind of stare at the wall when you're really tired. But a list keeps me on track. I think that's my biggest advice. And caffeine.

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Dani Klein Modisett

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Dani Klein Modisett is the creator/producer/director of the shows “Afterbirth…stories you won’t read in Parents magazine,” and Not What I Signed Up For. These are live storytelling shows where acclaimed actors and writers perform original, funny stories about how marriage and parenting challenges them in unexpected ways. The NY Post raved about Afterbirth… calling it,"the Vagina Monologues for the stroller set.” After playing to sold out audiences for five years in Los Angeles and NYC and also making stops in Boston and San Francisco, an anthology of stories from Afterbirth was published as a book by St. Martin’s Press. Dani is a contributor to Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. Before having children, Dani worked as a comic, performing across the country and participating in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival with a solo show she wrote called “The Move.” She also taught Stand-up comedy at UCLA and now teaches a workshop at I O West called “Writing For Performance.” Afterbirth is in production as a web series for the launch of Disney’s website for Mom’s, “Not What I Signed Up For” is being developed as a pilot for television with Jerry Weintraub’s company. Dani is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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