Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Welcome to LauraVanderkam.com

Welcome to my new website! When I started My168hours.com three years ago, I was writing mostly about time and productivity. As my interests (and book topics) have expanded, I’ve decided to repurpose LauraVanderkam.com to cover all the subjects I write about. The centerpiece of this website will continue to be my blog, but there is also information a… read more »

Hey parents, the third kid’s a bargain (USA TODAY)

(Note: This column ran in today’s USA Today) By Laura Vanderkam In a tepid economy, people look to save money however they can. One strategy? Not having kids. After hitting a high of 4.3 million in 2007, U.S. births tumbled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to about 4 million in 2010. It makes sense. Each year, the U.S. Depart… read more »

Every day…or not?

Every year in early January, there are a host of articles about how to make new habits stick (like in…oh…my Just a Minute newsletter for this month). I’ve been debating the merits, lately, between doing something every day vs. less often. I’m especially pondering this with running. When people show me their time logs and claim the… read more »

The Thursday morning time log

My morning did not look quite this beautiful As I’ve been thinking about how people spend their mornings, I’ve been studying mine. Thursdays and Fridays are a bit different from my other mornings in that both my sons have pre-school at 9, and I am usually getting everyone out the door on my own. Here’s what it looked like. 7:30-7:35 –… read more »

The Crock Pot, and thoughts on transitions and evenings

I got a Crock Pot for Christmas, and tried it out for the first time yesterday. I was quite happy with it. I chopped up some veggies, stuck in rice, chicken and stock, and at dinner, I had a hot, nice meal waiting for me. I had more of the meal as leftovers for lunch today, and have enough to take me through tonight (and likely tomorrow lunch, too, if I’m not sick… read more »