Category: Free Time

Reader question: How do you switch from work mode to personal mode?

Today’s reader question comes from a graduate student who has young children. She writes that “You seem to have a great handle on mentally switching from on to off to on, and you also work a lot, are extremely productive and have an ongoing list of projects that you could (should?) be working on at any given moment.” So, she asks, “For people who have ‘… read more »

Out of the house

The temperatures rose this weekend. On Sunday, the high was a balmy 44. So we loaded everyone up — all 6 of us! — and drove to Baltimore to meet our cousins and tour the National Aquarium. It went remarkably well. The baby slept most of both ways in the car. Indeed, the 3-year-old may have screamed more than the baby did. Since Baltimore was digging ou… read more »

Stuck at home? You can still plan a great weekend anyway

When people say they want to enjoy their weekends more, one of my first tips is to plan “anchor” events. These are 3-5 fun things that you will look forward to. Anticipation accounts for a major chunk of human happiness. When we anticipate a great dinner out on Saturday night, we experience some of the same pleasure that we will in the moment. Only it can last… read more »

An open letter to the essayist who wrote an open letter to the mother who ran a half-marathon weeks after giving birth

Dear Mommyish essayist: It seemed like a good idea at the time. You wanted to write an essay about society’s expectations that women lose their pregnancy weight immediately after giving birth. You wanted to lampoon those tabloid cover stories on “how she got her pre-baby body back!” You wanted to make a point that new motherhood is often hard, and it do… read more »

Guest post: 3 insights from tracking time

(Laura’s note: I’m running some guest posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy!) by Alison Pike Almost a year ago I tracked my 168 hours for Laura’s Mosaic project. It was a really valuable experience; I have been more conscious of how I allocate my time ever since. The week I tracked helped me to set up a template for my ideal week, pictured later in th… read more »