Category: Free Time

How Olympic binge-watching can help you live a more fulfilling life

We are less than a month away from the summer Olympics, and I am gearing myself up for some epic television watching. To be sure, I do not watch the games live. I DVR the broadcasts so I can forward through the commercials, the gauzy athlete portraits, and endless commentary. Still, I know this is going to consume a lot of time. It's not just me. Lots of busy people w… read more »

Peaks and troughs and the upside of space

I've done a lot of public speaking over the years, but this is the first year I've been more disciplined about marketing myself and scheduling a certain number of speeches per month. In doing so, however, I have realized that "per month" is the wrong way to look at the rhythm of this line of work. The conference and event season is incredibly cyclical. March thro… read more »

How we really live now

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the American Time Use Survey last Friday. This annual survey has thousands of Americans talk through how they spent the previous day, rolling over the entire year. This ingenious methodology cuts down on a few problems that plague other time surveys. BLS researchers don't ask about any specific category of time… read more »

Report on Mommy Day #3

I wrapped up my third (and final) Mommy Day on Sunday. This summer, my plan was to spend one day one-on-one with each of my older three children, doing whatever they wanted to do. My 9-year-old had waited patiently through the 6- and 4-year-olds' trips to Hershey. In theory we planned to do something in July during a week when he didn't have camp, but after the 6-y… read more »

Report on Mommy Day #2

My 6-year-old's half-day kindergarten ended on Friday. Older grades still had a half-day on Monday, so I decided it would be a good day to tackle Mommy Day #2. A few weeks ago, I took my 4-year-old to Hershey for the day. This is what the 6-year-old wanted to do as well. So, after getting the 9-year-old on the bus, the 6-year-old and I took off for the 90-minute driv… read more »