Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

What to pick up when you drop the ball

Even as women make great strides in the workplace, many feel like they shoulder an unequal percentage of the work at home. And so, discussions on balancing work and life often turn to a lament¬†on "how can I get my husband to do more?" Tiffany Dufu's new book, Drop the Ball, proposes another suggestion: you could try doing less. Lower your standards. Don't gate… read more »

Signs they’re growing up

I am feeling incredibly well-rested right now. I don't want to jinx this but long-time readers know that the 2-year-old has been a source of sleep woes for, oh, the past 2 years or so. He still gets up early but in the past few weeks we have had a few more mornings of sleeping past 6 a.m. The past two nights I have forced myself into bed by 10 p.m., with the result being t… read more »

Guest post: Is it necessary?

Laura's note: Today's guest post is about an important question to ask that can help you be more mindful in matters big and small. Enjoy!¬† by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta One of the wonderful things about mothers is the random things they keep in their house: my mother, who lives in Austin, keeps a dozen clocks all chirping different times, a collection of dog-tra… read more »

OK, enough wrestling

I have spent many a winter Saturday morning at wrestling meets this year. This weekend was no different, except my 7-year-old had wrestling events on Saturday AND Sunday. It was a lot of wrestling. I think probably I have had enough wrestling for a while. But -- fortuitously! -- this wraps the season up, and the upside of tracking my time is that I know the weeken… read more »

What I’m into (belated February edition)

So we are 10 days into February, but I never did write this month's "what I'm into" post, so here we go. I just finally started using Instagram. I am lvanderkam if you want to join me over there. In other social media news, I did a FB Live chat yesterday (I am Facebook.com/lauravanderkamauthor over there). I am reading The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George. I h… read more »