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What's Your Canary?

Updated: Dec 19, 2018

When I interview top working moms at the heights of their careers, I always ask, 'What do you do when you get overwhelmed?'

I was shocked when a handful of them said they didn't. Whats their secret? These women know their canaries, their leading indicators of overwhelm. They focused on prevention.

My red flags are bad sleep and clutter around the house. So now, as soon as I see these flags, I know I'm pushing too hard. I head to my calendar to clear commitments, prune my to-do list, and practice some micro-self-care. Thank god for Blue Bottle coffees and friend catch-ups on my commute.

As our pal, Benjamin Franklin said, 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' Do you know yours?


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