Space OUT major projects, events, and un-reschedulable-stuff.* For example, it was not the best idea ever to a) sign a house-buying contract during finals week; b) then have to schedule inspections immediately thereafter; all of this c) the day before one's spouse receives 40 finals to grade by d) MONDAY, which is e) the first night of Pesach**, for which f) one's 80-year-old grandmother is flying in from California.
It reminds me of once in college, when a former student, back from grad school, gave a talk. I remember nothing he (or possibly she) said except "Don't have your thesis defense and a baby in the same month. Just don't."
* You'd think I'd know this by now, eh?
** A holiday for which one traditionally cleans crumbs out of ALL THE THINGS, especially (ahem) my car, in which many a goldfish cracker has died, and my counter, where the flour lives, and my fridge, because I empty-and-clean it only twice a year. And this is one of them.