Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Ten minutes in the hammock

In theory I’m on vacation this week. I say in theory because when you have four small children there are limited moments for true relaxation. But there are always some, and I’m trying to be good about seizing them. This morning, I was out on the lawn of our vacation rental with the kids, trying out the hammock. Then they all disappeared inside. I fig… read more »

Would you want to be two places at once?

Kamy Wicoff, the founder of SheWrites.com, and a writer herself, recounts a moment of inspiration for her new novel Wishful Thinking. “I remember at one point I was late for pick-up, I had my bag on my shoulder, I was carrying a violin and running, but not like running in a metaphorical sense. I’m actually running.” It soon became a scene: the heroine, Je… read more »

Welcome UK readers! Plus the T2 piece

Today is launch day over in the UK, and in a wonderful turn of events, The Times elected to run a cover story this morning in their T2 supplement on I Know How She Does It. The cover used what I am pretty sure is the same stock art baby as the cover of the Atlantic several years ago, which talked about “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The T2 argued, from my book… read more »

Sleep: Part of this American life

The American Time Use Survey is out today. Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics does this large scale time diary study to find out how different Americans spend their hours. Rather than ask how many hours people devote to different categories, researchers (generally) have people talk through the previous day. This method removes some of the problems… read more »

Another reason to choose a career you like

My mother asked me the other day if I was getting tired of hearing myself talk. This was meant in a nice way (I think) – and touches on something aspiring book authors should know. Book writing is often about book speaking, trying to interest people in your ideas and prose. Frankly, it can be a bit of a slog. Unless you’ve got something incredibly dishy (w… read more »