How to Manage the Unmanageable: Time

Tammy GrabelBy the time you are reading this, I will have delivered my first baby, Grace Jenny Grabel. According to all my family, friends and random strangers, “my whole life is about to change.” In the magazine world, it’s all about deadlines, and while I am writing this, we are at deadline now for this issue. I’m only eight days away from Grace’s big debut to the world and at deadline. Call me crazy, but this is the world I’ve created for myself. Living life to the fullest, stretching not only myself, but also the entire Las Vegas Woman magazine team to get the summer issue to the printer early, just in case I go into labor. While I have the rest of my life planned out on a calendar, Grace is going to come regardless of what my calendar says. I guess that is what other parents mean by “my whole life is about to change.”

Time to be flexible. To go with the flow. Roll with the punches, as it is said. The uncertainty of when I will go into labor with Grace has taught me to be open to the unexpected and still balance it with being more responsible. The last month, I’ve been incredibly conscious about my time now: that I’m using all of it wisely, planning for the what-if’s, delegating more in case I am unavailable and balancing productivity with relaxation to prevent burnout. As Steve Jobs said, “It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

I’ve discovered that having the expectation of managing time is completely unreasonable, with or without being nine months pregnant. As Ruth Lauber, vice president of Las Vegas Woman magazine, advised me, “Life was unpredictable anyway, even before you were pregnant. The only difference now is that you just know that something unpredictable is about to happen: going into labor.”

She’s right. Life has always been unpredictable and will always be. Embrace it. Life’s surprises can challenge you, uplift you and bring the biggest of miracles. Two years ago, I didn’t think I would ever have a baby. With the magic of my loving husband, Seth Grabel, we are about to embark on the biggest surprise of our lives: Grace Jenny Grabel.

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Tammy Grabel