I'll be taking a break from blogging next week, and giving a few posts from the archives a new lease on life. I've been blogging for close to 4 years at this site and its predecessor (my168hours.com) so there are a lot of old posts to choose from!
Here are a few links from the week:
I was utterly fascinated by an article in Thursday's WSJ on how cleaning product companies work on their formulas in order to deal with human psychology. Some people are "heavy cleaners" and believe they need to scrub -- even if the formula is specifically designed not for scrubbing. People pre-rinse their dishes before loading the dishwasher, even though some detergents are formulated to work better by interacting with substances in food. How do you deal with this kind of consumer? Can you train people who are convinced that doing the dishes properly means you *must* pre-rinse to realize that they're making a mistake? A sidebar talks about cleaning's therapeutic effects, and gets a bit at the psychology of heavy cleaners.
MoneySavingMom runs a short post on "Is it always a good deal to do it yourself?" The answer is, of course, no. The comments provide a number of examples of people realizing the monetary value of time -- which I always like to see acknowledged on frugality blogs.
After reading an interview with, of all people, Ashton Kutcher in Esquire, I was inspired enough by his philosophy of time to write a CBS MoneyWatch post called Indulge in time, the ultimate luxury. When it comes to time, I like the idea of the simplicity on the other side of complexity. I want to be perfectly aware of how I am spending my time, and know I have time for the things I plan to do, and then be utterly profligate with my time on occasion. The key, of course, is being profligate on only the things you choose to indulge in. But anyway, an interesting question: how would it feel to approach your day thinking "I have all the time in the world?"
Claire Diaz-Ortiz writes about How to Waste Time Well (my weekend ebook is mentioned).
Well-Heeled Blog contemplates egg freezing. I understand the appeal of egg freezing. Stretch out the biological time line for having children, and you remove the problem of needing to build your career and your family at the same time! Except there are two problems. Most people think about egg freezing when the clock is ticking -- and they're north of 35 -- whereas the best time to freeze your eggs is probably age 27. Second, there is no perfect time to have children to avoid the career-family dilemma. Fortunately, building a career and raising a family are not mutually exclusive concepts (something we've talked about plenty here).
Wealthy Single Mommy writes about a Cure for the overwhelmed mom: Shut up! This post hints at one of my pet peeves: parents complaining to other adults about their children when the kids are around, as if they're deaf or something. I understand parents like to blow off a bit of steam, but kids can understand a lot more things than they can articulate.
In case you haven't read my call to end the use of the phrase "work-life balance" you can check out my column in USA Today.
And my next ebook, What the Most Successful People Do at Work is available for pre-order at Amazon!