Category: Productivity

Podcast discussion thread: Getting dinner on the table

Today's food themed Best of Both Worlds podcast is mostly about that common weeknight pain point: getting dinner on the table. Everyone is coming home from work, and daycare or aftercare, and everyone is tired and hungry, but someone has to get dinner on the table. (Or at least someone probably thinks she should get dinner on the table. The cultural narrative… read more »

Podcast discussion: Can life be fun during the toddler years?

My 2-year-old had a giant meltdown this morning. An absolutely epic tantrum. He is not allowed to watch the "pucky-nooter" in the morning (that's what he calls the computer) because it's always a disaster. He wants a new YouTube video every 3 minutes and then the other kids get sucked into the computer and don't get ready for school. But boy, did he want to watch… read more »

How I’m multitasking these days

Multitasking gets a bad reputation in productivity circles, and for good reason. It's really hard to do two things at once, or at least do them well. Yes, it's tempting to read email while you're on a phone call, but then you miss things. Perhaps the call is not important enough that it matters if you miss things but then…why are you on the call? However, there a… read more »

War and Peace, running for office, SAHMs, books by friends, productivity, etc.

This post will feature a lot of randomness. First, my publisher sent over suggestions for cover designs for Off the Clock yesterday. The cover of a book becomes mixed in with notions of the book itself, so this is always an important stage in making the book feel real. And it matters -- there's the saying that we shouldn't judge a book on its cover, but we do! More u… read more »

Best of Both Worlds episode 10: Networking for parents

Networking is one of those topics where the name may stand in the way of implementation. "Networking" sounds so cheesy and transactional. In my commencement speech, I do a little riff talking about "networking" in the funny voice that I'm ascribing to people giving career advice. It's kind of like "plastics" that way. Of course, the bad connotations people… read more »