Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

One-on-one time

One of my Secrets of Happier Parenting, discovered over years of refereeing sibling arguments, is that being with one kid, solo, is an entirely different experience than being with n children, where n>1. I am more relaxed. The kids are more pleasant. They do play well at times, which is a joy to watch, but there is more of a sustained satisfactory experienc… read more »

“I’ve NEVER met a mom who said she wished she’d worked more”

Most people who post comments on this blog do so on the most recent posts. But sometimes someone finds a post from past years floating around the internet somewhere, and the person wanders here to leave a comment. When I'm moderating comments I see them in the order they come in, so this one, excerpted in the title, was on top of the queue yesterday. The comment… read more »

Put me in the zoo

Frequent readers may recall that my 9-year-old asked for a cat for Christmas. He did not get a cat. In lieu of one, he got two overnight experiences with me. We went to NYC over President's Day weekend, and this Saturday night, we did an overnight excursion at the Philadelphia Zoo. This was somewhat of a mixed experience. The cool parts were getting to walk aroun… read more »

On not filling time: What is productivity?

Conventional jobs have a psychologically comforting aspect to them. You go somewhere, which in and of itself can feel like you've done something. In some of my early jobs, I recall feeling bored at times. What I was required to do did not fill 8 hours, and while there is much to be said for taking initiative and figuring out other things to do, not every day works l… read more »

The heft of a manuscript

Predictions of the paperless office have been greatly exaggerated. While only a few strange folks still print their emails, most of us deal with plenty of documentation. Nonetheless, I seldom print much of what I'm writing anymore. It goes from draft on my screen to a website for publication. So I wasn't going to print what I had of my draft of Off the Clock, my n… read more »