Looking backwards, looking forwards

For years, I’ve been planning my life by weeks. Before my work week starts on Monday, I write down my list of personal and professional priorities for the next 7 days. Then I can think about when, over the next 7 days, I will tackle those tasks.
Over the past year or so, though, I’ve started shifting when I do this weekly review/planning session. This is partl… read more »

A love letter to Amazon Prime

When I was at the Makers Conference a few weeks ago, Wendy Clark, SVP of Coca-Cola’s “Global Sparkling Brand Center,” talked about how she managed the care of her 3 kids and her rather large job. She obviously had childcare during the week, but confessed that for a while she’d thought she should do all the random other kid things hers… read more »

A glimpse of spring, and the big kid life

We’ve had a lot of snow and ice this winter. As I’m writing this, more is headed for the Philly area. But this past weekend was glorious for February, with highs in the 50s and a fair amount of sunshine both days. It was a brief glimpse of the spring weather that should be upon us within the next few weeks. In theory, the daffodils will be up within the month. I hop… read more »

How to keep the weekend to-do list from ruining your weekend

It’s one of the great dilemmas of time management. If you spend a lot of hours working during the week — particularly if that work requires you to be away from home — then weekends seem like a great time to get caught up on personal to-dos. The problem is that too many personal to-dos can make weekends feel as task-driven as the rest of the week. You&… read more »

Weekend naps, and why we sleep more than we think we do

In the field of time use, it’s one of the great questions. Everyone thinks Americans are increasingly sleep deprived. Giant surveys such as those done by the National Sleep Foundation often provide evidence of this. And yet the American Time Use Survey consistently shows that Americans — even those who work and have young kids — sleep 8-plus… read more »