Category: Time Management

Chores: A little a day or a lot at once?

Some aspects of housekeeping are fun. If I’m by myself, grocery shopping is prime me time. I also like trying new recipes (again, when there’s no one pulling on my leg). This beet, tomato, and radish salad was an experiment riffing on a recent recipe in Runner’s World. However, as my household is currently operating without a cleaning service, I’ve b… read more »

Life right now: Reading Virginia Woolf on the sidelines at soccer practice

As the weather warms, weekends have taken on a certain fullness around here. Spring sports are still going, so we had 3 swim lessons, two soccer games, and one baseball game this weekend. The big kids went to a play, and my 7-year-old had a playdate and even a book club meeting on Friday night (yes, really! A mom organized a group of friends to get together and disc… read more »

My 168 hours, right now

I kept a time log over the past week: April 20-April 26. Even though I’ve kept many time logs over the years, I find I always learn something new, and when life circumstances change, a time log can help me see what I’m doing well and what I’m not. The major thing I learned? I’m not working as much as I think I should be. I worked a little over 40 hours, but I had t… read more »

The upside of running in the morning

I normally run during the afternoon. But this week I’ve been commuting downtown to record my audio book during business hours. So I decided to meet my new running buddy for a short run this morning before I needed to report to the studio. We squeezed in 40 minutes before I had to battle the traffic on I-76. After I got out of the recording studio around 4 p.m., and… read more »

In it for the long haul

In my post on being creative on demand, I mentioned the goal of getting to a place where most of your work is stuff that challenges and satisfies you. Today I want to elaborate on building a career that lets you be in it for the long haul. LeUyen Pham, the artist who I mentioned in that post, had told me for What the Most Successful People Do at Work that when her friend… read more »