Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Weekend of the fishes

My 10-year-old tends to develop obsessive interests. For a while it was the oldest people in the world. Then it was the top-grossing movies. There was an excursion into roller coaster rankings. Currently it is fish. This is because we promised to give him a nice aquarium for his birthday (yes, this was 6 months ago...stuff came up). He's been doing research in… read more »

Friday miscellany: Getting it done

I will admit that I was nervous about this week. My husband left at 6:45 a.m. Monday and is home today. Being gone four nights is not so long a trip, but last week the 2-year-old went on a sleep strike. We are talking multiple nights up in the middle of the night for hours, or else waking up at 3:45 a.m. and never going back to bed. I had zero desire to deal with four night… read more »

How not to make a to-do list

I am a sucker for nice-looking notebooks. So I was thrilled to see a snazzy Èccolo model in a bag of speaker swag I was handed at a conference recently. Then I read the little note from the Èccolo company accompanying the notebook: “A typical day in the life of an Èccolo Journal. Things to do: Run marathon Start business Travel to every continent in the wor… read more »

Podcast discussion thread: Sun’s up, morning’s here…

Longtime readers know that I am somewhat obsessed with morning routines. To the extent that anyone who doesn't read this blog regularly might have ever heard my name, it would be in conjunction with a short ebook I wrote several years ago called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Click-bait title, but the bait worked. It hit #3 for non-ficti… read more »

My 2017 holiday fun list — what’s on yours?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well, probably not; as I write this it is 43 degrees and rainy, so there are no visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. However, the Christmas season does feature a lot of only-once-a-year festivities, and the opportunity for celebrating old traditions and creating new ones. A few years ago, to make sure my family eme… read more »