Category: Productivity

A (no childcare*) day in the life

This summer, I have a new childcare schedule. It involves slightly longer days M-Thurs, and then I cover Friday. Since my last “day in the life” post was about a day involving a lot of time away from the kids, I thought I’d share a day when I was mostly with them, or at least some of them. Last Friday had some serious highs and lows, as such days often do. The bab… read more »

My approach to conferences: pack it all in

I wrote this in a coffee shop in Madison, NJ, on Saturday while waiting for my family to pick me up. We were on our way to a pool party in northern New Jersey, and it made more sense for my family to drive from Philly to meet me vs. my going all the way back out there. I had spent the previous few days in New York for the BlogHer conference. This annual conference focuses o… read more »

Re-railing a derailed day (or not)

In a comment on yesterday’s post, reader Lindsy asked this: “What I’m wondering is, what do you do on those days when lack of sleep has derailed your plan for the day? Do you look for low-energy tasks to do instead or just try to power through? Or do you have back-up plans for bad days when you can’t focus? I would love to hear your strategies.” This is a gr… read more »

The perfect: an enemy of the good

Things are a bit tightly scheduled around here this week, and as a result I haven’t carved out as much time for running as I ideally would. To be sure, I’m in taper mode for my half-marathon next weekend, but “taper” doesn’t mean “do nothing,” which is what I did from Monday through Thursday. Friday was likewise packed tight. But after feeding th… read more »

My 672-hour Challenge, part 2: Work

Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that aren’t true. Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that are true. I think the key to creating the life one wants is figuring out which scenario describes reality, and what one intends to do about it. I’ve been dealing with this lately with work hours. One common narrative out there? “I’m overworked!” Time di… read more »