Zoe Foster-Blake is a smart cookie.
She’s the boss of her own company, she has a cute chubster baby and a funny husband, a new book out, she is the wildly successful author of a handful of other books, one of which is being made into a TV show. And above all, every day she looks Fresh and On Top Of Her Game.
Magic? No. A robot twin? Nope. She’s just got a few life secrets that she’s shared with us on the I Don’t Know How She Does It podcast. And now we’re dutifully passing them so you too can be the best human you can be.
This is what she gets up to when Hamish is away:
Separate beds = clear heads.
The night before a busy day, she kicks her husband Hamish into the spare room so she can maximize snooze-time.
“He tends to snore. So on a day that I need my brain, I kick him out,” she says. Uninterrupted blizzzzzz.
Bed are for sleeping.
Not for scrolling your social media or binge watching TV or reading books until 3am.
The 35 year-old puts her phone over the other side of the room, into flight mode, and out of reach.
“I never have the phone in bed. ‘Cos it’s everywhere all day, and I’m sick of it.” she says.
There’s no socket beside the bed to plug the phones into, which she said at first was annoying but actually turned out to be for the best, because then the time-sucking vortex of an Instagram feed is that much harder to reach. It’s an approach she takes to anything tempting her from sleep. Currently in the middle of Caroline Overington’s thrilling crime book, The One Who Got Away, she puts books over the other side of the bed so she can’t get to them either. Banished.
Single-tasking is the new black.
“My new thing is to only do one thing well,” she says. Because multi-tasking might feel super efficient,but it’s single-tasking that’s much more productive. So while she’s writing, she will knuckle down and do that. When it’s supermarket shopping, it’s just that in the moment. “I hate seeing myself stand (at the shops) and try and answer emails..because I’m not doing either thing well.” she says.
“If you can’t do two things well at the same time, just choose one. And be true to that thing in that one little minute,” she says.
Don’t worry if your boyfriend is a bit shit/ if you’re single/if you have no money or if you live in a country town and think you will never make it in the big smoke.
Because that was her twenties – an mostly absent boyfriend, not a lot of money to throw around, a hunger to work hard. And she says it drove her to do better things, to throw herself into projects and work really hard.