Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

How CEOs spend their days (Inc magazine) plus Friday miscellany

I always love seeing the time diary concept make its way into the wider world! Inc magazine's April cover story is called "The Way I Work," and features 24 hours in the lives of 8 high-profile business leaders. Specifically, they tracked November 29, 2016. Then Inc had me offer commentary on their schedules. The good news is that these people often had very rea… read more »

10 tiny tweaks that will change your life

When it comes to living a productive, healthy life, sometimes little things can make a big difference. Here are 10 of my favorite simple changes that take minimal effort, but can help establish those good habits we all want to have. 1. Get a real alarm clock. Many people now use their smart phones as their alarm clocks. There are several problems with this strat… read more »

The case of the missing egg

After we arrived home on Saturday from Hawaii, my husband went shopping and got eggs and a dye kit. He hard boiled 48 eggs, and put four broken ones away for eating. During the 2-year-old's nap, the older kids decorated the 44 remaining eggs with the dye, stickers, and a shaving cream concoction that my husband said he learned from Martha Stewart (I kid you not… read more »

Hawaii with 75 percent of the children

I am back! We spent much of the past week (spring break) in Hawaii at the Aulani resort. This is a very family-oriented resort run by Disney, and located about 30 minutes from the Honolulu airport. We made the strategic decision not to bring the 2-year-old.* The 6-hour time change, the long flights, and the unfamiliar sleeping arrangements would have made him… read more »

Spring storms and reading by candlelight

April showers may bring May flowers, but currently they're going about their job a bit too intensely. Yesterday we had a full on thunderstorm, with lightning flashing right overhead. There was a giant crack a little before 4 p.m. and then, with a quick buzz, all the lights went off. Once the storm calmed down, I went outside to see what the problem was, and sure e… read more »