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Ok, I just got on a local project (1hour drive) - any advise on how to carve and maintain protected time in the evening to put my baby to bed etc. I'm really bad at setting boundaries, and every project I've been on have been really bad at leaving the client at a decent time.

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1. Set an alarm / put a meeting invite on your calendar for when you need to leave each day
2. Leave at that time and keep your calendar blocked until you are done putting baby to bed

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Definitely agree with blocking your calendar. I also would recommend working out an on site schedule with your manager. I had a 1-1.5 hr drive on my local project. I would drop my child off at daycare and do calls until I arrived and on my way home (would leave around 4 to beat traffic). PMD was ok with on site time as long as I got my work done.

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All of those suggestions and also embrace the mental challenge it will take to really have to force yourself to leave when you have to leave. Like all things, it takes practice and you will have to keep working on it because at the end of the day there's always more work that can be done but we need to be the ones to hit pause at the end of the day to head home and be present for our family.

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