Are you as busy as you think?

(Laura’s note: This essay originally ran on the Wall Street Journal’s website in February. It made it onto their list of the most popular articles for the day).
There was a time, not so long ago, when I was busy, busy, busy. At least I thought I was.
I told people I worked 60 hours a week. I claimed to sleep six hours a night. As I lamented to anyone stuck… read more »

Thank Goodness It’s Monday

As life goes on, you soon realize a truth: weekends are shockingly fleeting things. You resist planning much for your time off — not wanting to replicate the madness of week days — but then Sunday afternoon arrives and you’re stuck with a sad sense of not having done much. One of the most common time problems I’ve discovered in conver… read more »

How one woman calmed the chaos

Emma Johnson, a Queens-based independent journalist, is one busy woman. She’s the custodial parent of her 4-year-old and 2-year-old. She also manages to earn a hefty paycheck in the 30-35 hours per week her children are in daycare. Plus she works out regularly! She’s got her act together as well as possible in the circumstances. She just had on… read more »

Summer Fridays: Better for Business?

Not many workplaces have “summer Fridays” — that genteel tradition of closing down around lunch once a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. According to a survey done by Ultimat Vodka, just 12% of employed adults get this perk. Officially, that is. Because anyone who’s tried to start a new project or close a deal on a summer Friday ha… read more »

Cross Over to the Lark Side

The 6-hour flight to the west coast is always a pain, but it does have one huge upside. The 3-hour time difference means I pop awake that first morning by 5:30 or 6 a.m., feeling refreshed. I’m always amazed by what I can power through by 9 a.m. when I start that early. There’s time for a workout, a leisurely breakfast, and getting some work done before whateve… read more »