Category: Productivity

Friday miscellany: 500 words, and writing in general

On December 24, 2016, I went for a run. Over the next week or so, I managed to run every day. So then I thought, hey, why don't I keep going? I've now run at least a mile every day for the last 400-plus days. I know the streak can't continue indefinitely. Life happens, but I feel like it's been a good addition to my life. Exercise is a known mood booster, and so I'm gettin… read more »

The art of winter back-up plans

I woke this morning to a 2-hour school delay. It's getting to be a Tuesday tradition around here! But other than some mild trepidation about whether my 3-year-old would tear the house apart while I was outside shoveling the driveway, I am relatively relaxed about it. This has not always been the case. But I feel like I've reached a pretty good place on winter wea… read more »

Friday miscellany: Getting it done

I will admit that I was nervous about this week. My husband left at 6:45 a.m. Monday and is home today. Being gone four nights is not so long a trip, but last week the 2-year-old went on a sleep strike. We are talking multiple nights up in the middle of the night for hours, or else waking up at 3:45 a.m. and never going back to bed. I had zero desire to deal with four night… read more »

How not to make a to-do list

I am a sucker for nice-looking notebooks. So I was thrilled to see a snazzy Èccolo model in a bag of speaker swag I was handed at a conference recently. Then I read the little note from the Èccolo company accompanying the notebook: “A typical day in the life of an Èccolo Journal. Things to do: Run marathon Start business Travel to every continent in the wor… read more »

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 »