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Bess began working with Microsoft SharePoint in 2003 and has worked with every version since, including 2016 and Office 365.  She enjoys leveraging her business analyst skills to assist organizations in getting the most out of their Microsoft investment.

During her Information Technology journey, Bess discovered the joys of improvisation.  She has traveled the country to study improv, including the top three schools in Chicago – The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance.  She performs locally with Dinner Detective and is the director of Indy Improv Collaborative, an improv troupe nominated for Nuvo’s Best of Indy in 2017.

Bess combines her improv skills with her 20 years of corporate experience in Information Technology, allowing her to specialize in collaborative solutions.  She is the owner of Collaborative Ventures, LLC.

Bess lives in Indianapolis, IN where she is raising her three children.

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Our Current Daily Schedule

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Today I am stretching the meaning of Tips and Tricks Tuesday to share our schedule.  I'll be honest, I'm someone that resists them with every ounce of my being.  As time went by I had to face the inevitable reality that without one, we weren't near as efficient as we could be, especially when aiming for a three hours work period for school.  Ours has gone through multiple iterations.  I'm sure there will be even more in the future.

While my schedule lists times, sometimes those vary and our schedule is more of a routine
Here is what we are currently trying:

6:15 - Mom Wake/Exercise
7:00 - Kids Wake/Devotions/Get Ready
7:45 - Breakfast (Mom - Start Laundry)
8:45 - School
12:00 - Lunch
12:45 - Devotions with Kids
1:00 - Afternoon Activity (Art, Music, Science - depending on day)
2:30 - Nap/Quiet Time (Mom Tidies Up)
5:00 - Dinner Prep
6:00 - Kids/Daddy Time (Physcial Activity)
6:30 - Dinner
7:00 - Clean Up/Family Time
7:45 - Begin Bedtime Routine
8:30 - Lights out for Kids
11:00 - Lights out for Adults

Any unscheduled time it free time for the kids.  I have left a number of opportunities for it during the day.  It certainly doesn't take an hour to eat breakfast.  We do have a few things that vary each day such as dance class on Monday.  Thursday is our field trip day.

We have specific wake-up and bedtime routines.  I'm working on a better way to help the children track them.  I'll share more on that in the future.

One big advantage I've found to having our schedule is that it has helped me logically pick the best days and times for our many appointments.  I used to simply take whatever appointment we could get.  Now I can find times that don't completely turn the day upside down, even when I'm scheduling weeks in advance.

I will say that as much as I resisted it initially, I couldn't imagine functioning well without a schedule.  If you're a bit scared of them as I once was, let me encourage you to give it a try.  Start simple and be realistic.  Don't try to add in a number of new routines that you've never attempted.  If you evaluate your day, you may find that you already have more of a routine than you realize.
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