Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

A (no childcare*) day in the life

This summer, I have a new childcare schedule. It involves slightly longer days M-Thurs, and then I cover Friday. Since my last “day in the life” post was about a day involving a lot of time away from the kids, I thought I’d share a day when I was mostly with them, or at least some of them. Last Friday had some serious highs and lows, as such days often do. The bab… read more »

Navigating the transition back to work (or the virtue of not making huge decisions while sleep deprived)

I recently got an email from a reader I’ll call Danielle. She was reading I Know How She Does It, and reached out for advice about her situation. She’s the mom of a 4-month-old daughter, and she recently went back to work FT post mat-leave at her tech company job. She earns a good living, and so does her partner. The problem? The nanny she lined up didn’t work… read more »

Be Seen – Working Mother Sticky Situations Videos

Back in April, I recorded several videos with Working Mother magazine about “sticky situations” working parents face. I’m happy to be able to share them here over the next few weeks here! Our first sticky situation looks at this common dilemma: You don’t want to work around the clock. So how can you be “seen” at work? H… read more »

What is my time worth?

I always encourage people to think about the value of their time. But actually putting a dollar value on it? That’s complicated. That was my take-away after several readers sent me Sue Shellenbarger’s WSJ article on “Do You Know What Your Time Is Really Worth?” The article had a link to an online tool called ClearerThinking that asks a series of quest… read more »

What, exactly, is me time?

“Me time” sounds like an awesome thing. It’s something most of us claim we’d like more of. But what exactly is it? I was pondering this question after alert blog reader Maggie sent me an article from the Sydney Morning Herald called “Generation Overstimulation? Generation Y’s Addiction to Being Busy.” According to this trend piece, millenn… read more »