Archive for July 2017

Books read in July

July started out slow in the reading department. I had a lag in the middle when I was reading a lot of magazines because I wasn't into my book. I was doing a lot of work reading this month too. Some of those books were good and some less so. But in any case, though there are fewer novels on this list than there should be, there's one very very long book on here too that I'd… read more »

I don’t work 98 hours a week. Do you?

If you want to know how many hours per week someone devotes to something, there are a few methods you can use. The first -- the easiest -- is just to ask the person. How many hours do you work per week? How many hours do you sleep per night? How many hours per week do you spend reading to your kids? This method is very straightforward, and cheap if you're doing research… read more »

Friday post: Deconstructing the week

This week has required me to use a lot of my time management skills. I felt like I needed to be more mindful of my time and energy than some other weeks have required. That said, these strategies have made things go relatively smoothly, and left some space for good stuff too. First, the conditions. My husband was out of the country for several days (he left Monday n… read more »

How not to be late

Last week I spoke with Jennifer Liu at LearnVest about the topic of promptness. Specifically, Jennifer's lack of punctuality. Why was she late everywhere? What could she do about it? I, as a classic "upholder," often get places early. I can tell when I'm dealing with someone like me because our scheduled 3 p.m. coffee can generally commence by 2:50 p.m. Once u… read more »

Trying to understand the phenomenon of Who Moved My Cheese?

"The best laid schemes o'mice and men often go astray." — Robert Burns Spencer Johnson passed away a few weeks ago. He trained as a physician, but he will be forever best known as the author of Who Moved My Cheese? This publishing phenomenon is incredibly short. It took me about 30 minutes to read it the other day, and that's only because the core story is padded… read more »