Productivity

The childcare dilemma: Working from home (or not) with minimal coverage

I worked from home today in the way that I know many parents do regularly. I had preschool hours, potentially nap time, and what I could squeeze in. It wasn’t a bad day, but it reminded me why I don’t attempt this more regularly.
Our nanny is on vacation this week. My parents had been here to cover while my husband and I were both traveling, but then they left. Th… read more »

Travel fun

When air travel is good, it is very good. My flight from Philly to Indy last Thursday took off at 8:04 a.m. and by 10:20 a.m. I was in my sister-in-law’s minivan. But the trip home was not so wonderful. They dropped me off around 9:15 a.m. for a 10:45 a.m. flight — a wee bit early, but I figured I’d get a few things done. Little did I know I’d be in that termi… read more »

Real Simple and the laundry

Real Simple magazine has been around for about 15 years, and there are only so many aspects of daily life to be simplified. So the magazine turned its attention to laundry, again, for its August 2014 issue. The advice is perfectly reasonable and helpful: you probably need less detergent! But I’ll admit that I was a bit puzzled by Kristin van Ogtrop’s edito… read more »

Looking backwards, looking forwards

For years, I’ve been planning my life by weeks. Before my work week starts on Monday, I write down my list of personal and professional priorities for the next 7 days. Then I can think about when, over the next 7 days, I will tackle those tasks.
Over the past year or so, though, I’ve started shifting when I do this weekly review/planning session. This is partl… read more »

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (review #5)

I’m always on the look out for ways to be more productive. So I downloaded this book of essays on rituals, time management, and productivity produced by 99U — a website that takes its name from Thomas Edison’s observation that “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”  It is 99 “U” because it aims to provide the miss… read more »