Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

I journal, in my journaling nook

What are mornings like in your house? Are they serene or crazed? If you identify with Team Crazed, how do you feel about being marketed to because of that? I was thinking of this after several alert readers sent me a link to Organic Valley's recent commercial on mornings. It starts off mocking the Women-In-Commercials world, in which mornings start with yoga,… read more »

Some days I do not want to run 10 miles

This headline is misleading. I would venture that most days I do not feel like running 10 miles. Most days I follow that urge! But Sunday was a tougher decision. I was registered to run the Broad Street 10-miler through Philadelphia. I have run the race twice before, and my times have been bad. In my defense: the first time I was 20 weeks pregnant. The second time I… read more »

Another one of those days

It is simple math that four children create more chances for disaster than two children. Today was one of those days. The 8-year-old had forgotten he had math homework (or more accurately, elected not to do it) until I got home at 9 P.M. on Thursday. So I spent Friday morning at breakfast checking it while dealing with the usual circus of lunch-making, dismissa… read more »

11 ways busy people make time to exercise

Ask people what they would like to spend more time doing, and exercise comes up a lot. The usual excuse is that we do not have the time. This is the assumption behind all the articles in magazines on "the 14-minute workout that burns fat fast!" or machines that promise an all-over workout in 8 minutes. To be honest, though, I do not think the problem is that people c… read more »

When the world plays telephone with ideas

A few years ago, I was attending a conference with many HR types. My breakout group was chatting about women and advancement. One woman, describing her programs, asked me "Do you know the difference between mentorship and sponsorship?" I mentioned that I had recently interviewed Sylvia Ann Hewlett. She is the researcher who did the work that popularized th… read more »