Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Finding an evening routine that works

Long time readers know that finding a good evening routine has been a work in progress since my now 8-year-old was born. At first it was about filling the long hours until my night owl child felt tired enough for bed. These days I am trying to figure out how to make all the puzzle pieces created by 4 kids fit together. Here is what we are currently doing. Monday, the 8… read more »

Why I do not pack lunches the night before

Since I write about mornings, I am sometimes asked for tips to make mornings go well. When I read the resulting articles, some other expert will often be quoted on making lots of preparations the night before. Save time by laying out clothes! Make the lunches! Pack the bags! That may work for some people, but in my current life, I tend not to do any of this. I will of… read more »

Weekend update: Snow, time diaries, TV, cocktails, and running fast

It was a work hard, play hard sort of weekend. I am working on a project with Redbook looking at how stay-at-home moms spend their days. There were 558 completed survey responses, and while the quantitative and choose-one-of-five answers can be automated, the qualitative stuff can not. So, between Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. I went through a… read more »

Can I volunteer at school? – Working Mother Sticky Situations Videos

Last April, I recorded several videos with Working Mother magazine about "sticky situations" working parents face. I am happy to be able to share them here! This sticky situation – "I want to volunteer at school with my kids, but I am short on time!" Here are my tips. I tend to be suspicious of all absolutes, such as "working parents have no time for volunt… read more »

The entrepreneurial dilemma: Do you really have to choose?

Over at Inc. yesterday, columnist Jessica Stillman focused on that perennial question of trade-offs. Randi Zuckerberg had tweeted a statement that seemed to encapsulate the entrepreneurial dilemma Stillman wanted to highlight: "Maintaining friendships. Building a great company. Spending time w/family. Staying fit. Getting sleep. Pick 3." It is a d… read more »