Archive for July 2009

The book blurb

I am now filling out Penguin's Author Questionnaire. Among the requests was that I write my own synopsis/blurb for the book. After a while, I came up with this: We all know there are 24 hours in a day; some of us talk of doing things “24-7.” But few of us multiply those numbers together. That’s too bad, because 168 hour weeks provide the most useful framewor… read more »

Anticipating 168 Hours criticism

As I'm finishing up the draft of 168 Hours, I plan to send it to a number of test readers in order to see if parts rub people the wrong way or need to be explained better. I've also finally gotten around to checking some of the blogosphere's take on my guest post for Lisa Belkin's Motherlode blog. Based on what I've read, I'm anticipating a few main lines of criticism… read more »

Using your mornings

I'm starting to get some great information coming in from volunteers who've kept time logs for 168 hours (I learned, for instance, that my little brother has an incredible social life... but that is a different matter). One finding: working parents of small children often have a reasonable amount of time in the mornings. It may not seem like it, as we rush to ge… read more »

A new twist on the "second shift"

Back in 1990, sociologist Arlie Hochschild coined the phrase "second shift" to describe the household labor married women did once they came home from their paying jobs. The thesis was a bit overblown then, and definitely is now as the number of hours women devote to housework has fallen precipitously. Back in 1965, married moms did about 35 hours of housewo… read more »

How to spend your time: will you regret it?

Just read about a fascinating study in this month's Wired. Ran Kivetz, a professor of business at Columbia University, recently did some experiments that study our long-term reactions to various choices. According to writer Clive Thompson, "Doing the 'right' thing -- putting our responsibilities ahead of momentary pleasures -- often leaves us unhappy… read more »