Productivity

Who really works from home, or not from home, as the case may be

There’s a certain narrative surrounding “telecommuting” that goes like this: moms who want a better work-life balance — which is code for “want to work less” — negotiate to work from home. Given that it’s a negotiation, the prevailing wisdom is that they should give up something: pay, prestige, advancement opportunities, etc.… read more »

Seeing the whole picture: My time log analysis of a week in February

I logged my time last week, Mon Feb 10- Sun Feb 16. As I’m asking numerous other women to keep logs for the Mosaic project, I figured I should join in the experience. I wish I could just put the spreadsheet up here but I can’t seem to figure out a way to make the formatting work.
Anyway, it was a full week, but showed a lot of the nuance inherent in a real life —… read more »

Making time to read: supply vs. demand

When I ask people what they’d like to do more of with their time, “read” comes up almost as often as “exercise.” And yet many people — people who have the same 168 hours per week as the rest of us — do manage to read through books at a rapid clip. I’m always amazed at the number of book reviews Modern Mrs. Darcy manages to post, despite other… read more »

Don’t write off your Mondays

Confession time: I really like Mondays. Partly that’s because I love what I do. But I also find Monday to be a very productive day. I often schedule my most important tasks for first thing Monday morning, and I try to get through a big chunk of my week’s goals by Monday quitting time. Indeed — a downside of this Monday devotion — if I lose a chunk of… read more »

Moving the tiles around

There are no typical weeks. That’s what I always tell people who keep time logs for me. We move the tiles in the mosaics of our lives around in interesting ways, and atypical weeks can generate insights into our lives, too.
This past week was atypical in that our nanny had jury duty. Given the particular case she was selected for, I’m grateful she was only gon… read more »