Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Make the trip

I was speaking in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. I have family in the area, and so I elected to stay an extra night so I could see them. My parents came to meet me right after the second talk of the day, and we drove 90 miles up 131 to Cadillac, Michigan to see my 100-year-old grandmother. I should note that this longevity (doesn’t she look amazing?) is not a… read more »

Ode to a hotel room

Business travel can be tough, but it has one major upside. At home, the baby is always up earlier than I’d like. Some nights he does better than others, but there’s no guarantee he’ll sleep through the night. As the lactating parent (which, honestly, is what the baby wants) I tend to be the one experiencing this middle-of-the-night and wee… read more »

Projects and progress

If your days are filled with working and raising a family, it can be tough to find space for tackling personal projects. It doesn’t matter if it’s just buying a new pair of sunglasses, or renovating rooms in your house. These things stack up, and the weight of them creates its own angst. If you do have a few spare hours on a weekend, which should you ta… read more »

Unfinished business

My review of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book, Unfinished Business, ran in today’s Wall Street Journal. (If you are not a WSJ subscriber, you can try Googling “The Other Princeton Mom” and WSJ — yes, that’s what the Journal called the review!). Slaughter’s 2012 essay for The Atlantic on “Why Women Still Can’t Have… read more »

Getting time with all four

One of the challenges of managing a brood (and it is a management challenge!) is getting solo time with each of them. They definitely respond well to individual attention. Who doesn’t? Employees thrive when managers invest time in them. As in an office, though, getting one-on-one time on the calendar is easier said than done. That’s why I was qu… read more »