Time Management

My own personal Turkey Trot

The Thanksgiving holiday started a wee bit early in my house. The 5- and 3-year-old were off of school Wednesday, and our nanny was driving to visit extended family several states away. My husband was on his way back from Europe and experiencing various travel and weather delays. So I was manning the fort solo.
I got the 7-year-old on the bus and then tried to con… read more »

I crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line

In late April, 2010, I ran my first (and perhaps only) marathon. It was something I had wanted to do since becoming a runner about 5.5 years prior. You read enough running magazines and blogs and everyone talks about doing a marathon. So I figured I should do one too. I was also anticipating the launch of 168 Hours at that point, and thought it would be fun to talk ab… read more »

An atypical, yet typical, day in the life

Inspired by The SHU Box, I’m doing a day-in-the-life post. Today was not a typical day, in the sense that my 5- and 3-year-old had the day off from school. Our nanny usually starts work at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays since she’s taking a class those mornings. This works great when the 3-year-old has school from 9 to noon those days, but these sche… read more »

When other people eat your time

This week’s reader question comes from Becky, who posted this as a comment last week: “I have maybe 2.5 hours per weekday that are not dedicated to work/getting to work/eating/sleeping. I look at that time and make plans for it.” This is a great first step. However, “when the time actually comes, I find I’m re-directed into other things. Let’s wa… read more »

Time confetti and NaNoWriMo

There are 168 hours in a week. Even if you work 40-plus hours, sleep 56, and spend a reasonable chunk of time on housework and family responsibilities, there will still be time leftover.
However, a lot of this time seems to come in bits and pieces. There are nooks and crannies everywhere: while you’re waiting for water to boil so you can throw the pasta in. When… read more »