Time Management

How the puzzle pieces fit

By some measures, this has been a busy past 7 days. Starting on Wednesday last week, I’ve been to NYC twice and to Illinois once. My husband went to Boston and Geneva (yes, Switzerland). On the other hand, we’ve done a lot of family stuff too. I went to the second grade back-to-school night. We picked apples. My husband baked an apple pie with the kids and took… read more »

How do you spend the first hour of your work day?

When I look at time logs, I see that many of us have work-starting rituals. We get to our computers and do something: check email, check certain blogs or websites. We may start figuring out what to work on of the day’s priorities, but at some point, meeting or phone call #1 starts, and then the time after that gets chopped up.
We probably need some kind of ritual t… read more »

What will you be doing at 9 pm?

Retale.com has a fascinating graphic up representing how Americans spend their time. Using the BLS data set I love as well, they show what chunk of the population is doing what at any given time.
It turns out that between 8 and 9 p.m., a third of the population is watching TV. What’s interesting about that is that the percentage of Americans who are workin… read more »

Chunks of leisure, or why confetti is still OK

The kids are all taking swim lessons right now. Since we have a backyard pool, it’s more efficient to hire an instructor to come here and teach all three in a row. When we do this during the evening, this 90 minute extravaganza generally takes the form of me putting kid #1 in a swimsuit and sending him/her down while the other two watch TV. After 25 minutes, I star… read more »

The childcare dilemma: Working from home (or not) with minimal coverage

I worked from home today in the way that I know many parents do regularly. I had preschool hours, potentially nap time, and what I could squeeze in. It wasn’t a bad day, but it reminded me why I don’t attempt this more regularly.
Our nanny is on vacation this week. My parents had been here to cover while my husband and I were both traveling, but then they left. Th… read more »