Category: Happiness


I have been sick for about two straight weeks now. The illness keeps evolving. First a cold, now it's something involving a headache and sore throat (which the 9-year-old had for several days too). The baby is waking up every morning before 5. We are trying to teach him to play quietly until the clock turns green for 5 a.m. The fact that 5 a.m. is the goal says somet… read more »

Easing back in

Last week at the beach went slowly. This is neither complaint nor marveling. We filled the days, and memories, both good and bad, make time stretch in retrospect. I was also awake a lot, so in that sense, I experienced more of my 168 hours than normal. That is one way to make a vacation last longer. I know by this point that vacations in the toddler stage are not goin… read more »

Time strategy #7: Try to enjoy it

Toddlers are mercurial creatures. The other day, my little guy elected to skip his afternoon nap. He was miserable (and violent! Oh, the hair-pulling!) for much of the rest of the day before crashing at 6:30 p.m. Quiet reigned in the house for a while, which I appreciated, but I paid for it with a 4:30 a.m. wake-up the next morning. I tried a bottle. I tried rockin… read more »

Time strategy #6: People are a good use of time

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the late Stephen Covey tells a story about the limits of forcing efficiency on relationships. One of his sons was quite into scheduling (perhaps a genetic trait!) One day his calendar "included down-to-the-minute time allocations for every activity, including picking up some books, washing his car, and 'droppi… read more »

Time strategy #5: Leave breathing room

In years of writing about people's schedules, I have learned that we all have different activity tolerances. My inclination in life is more toward "full." I don't mind having things push out a bit at the seams. On the few package tours I have been on, I have been amazed to see how much downtime is considered normal. That said, I do know this: a day has exactly 24 hou… read more »