Category: Time Management

Time tracking strategies

I appreciate everyone who answered the call for reader time-makeovers. I am looking forward to seeing the time logs as they roll in! People have some great stories, and I can't wait to write them up over the next few months. Since I know a number of people who read this blog are tracking time over the next few weeks, I wanted to share a few discoveries I have made in m… read more »

What’s the 8th strategy?

On the east coast in late July, the sun rises at approximately 5:55 a.m. I know this because I have been up to see it several days this week while traveling on a family vacation. The toddler sleep issues are continuing. At least he has been happy to go for long walks, and there have been some fairly magnificent colors. I snapped the photo accompanying this post ear… read more »

Time strategy #7: Try to enjoy it

Toddlers are mercurial creatures. The other day, my little guy elected to skip his afternoon nap. He was miserable (and violent! Oh, the hair-pulling!) for much of the rest of the day before crashing at 6:30 p.m. Quiet reigned in the house for a while, which I appreciated, but I paid for it with a 4:30 a.m. wake-up the next morning. I tried a bottle. I tried rockin… read more »

Time strategy #6: People are a good use of time

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the late Stephen Covey tells a story about the limits of forcing efficiency on relationships. One of his sons was quite into scheduling (perhaps a genetic trait!) One day his calendar "included down-to-the-minute time allocations for every activity, including picking up some books, washing his car, and 'droppi… read more »

Time strategy #5: Leave breathing room

In years of writing about people's schedules, I have learned that we all have different activity tolerances. My inclination in life is more toward "full." I don't mind having things push out a bit at the seams. On the few package tours I have been on, I have been amazed to see how much downtime is considered normal. That said, I do know this: a day has exactly 24 hou… read more »