Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

When busyness ebbs and flows

There are no typical weeks, but what if your life features a cycle of typical and atypical weeks? What if one week out of every few is much fuller than the others? Life has ebbs and flows, but I think it’s still possible to figure out a good balance that takes advantage of each. I had this discussion recently with a reader who sent in a time log. She’s a psychothe… read more »

168 hours on vacation

When people offer to send me their time logs, they generally want to show me a “typical” week. This tends to mean a full work week, but vacation days do happen, thank goodness, and I think looking at vacation weeks offers an interesting insight into life as well. I’ve been tracking my time continuously for the last two months. I spent last week with my husb… read more »

Before breakfast, on the beach

I have been enjoying some Jersey shore time this week, but one of the unfortunate side effects of traveling with children is that it disrupts their schedule. The baby has been up in the middle of the night almost every night, and then gets up early as well. It’s not exactly my favorite development, but it does allow for some morning beach time. The other da… read more »

How successful students spend their time

I am a long way from figuring out my next book (as in a print title). But in the meantime, I’d love feedback on this “information product” idea. I’m considering doing a time diary study of college students earning 4.0 GPAs. How much and when do they study? How much and when do they sleep? Do they work for pay, and if so when and how much? What social options a… read more »

WSJ: The 44-Hour Workweek

I was thrilled to see a great review of I Know How She Does It from Lenore Skenazy in the Wall Street Journal today. Lenore is the brains behind the “Free Range Kids” movement, and I’ve enjoyed seeing her writing tweak the over-protective and fact-challenged over the years (guess what? The crime rate in many places is lower now than it was in… read more »