The Trouble With First Lines

Almost two years ago, I decided to begin 168 Hours with these words: “Tuesday, July 14, 2009, was a good day.” It was a good day — though I had to cast around for a while to figure out how I wanted to get into the idea that lives are made up of hours, and how we choose to spend our hours determines the shape of our lives. That was a day I spent a high prop… read more »

What Does It Mean To Be Frugal?

Over at DailyWorth, Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto is blogging about her “Unnecessary Spending Guilt.” For her 50th birthday, she decided to get her kitchen remodeled. Which is great, except that as a regular blogger on frugal issues, she feels like a fraud for spending money on something that does not technically have to happen. Her kitchen still… read more »

USA Today: Crowdfund Your First Job

I have a column in today’s USA Today called “Crowdfund Your First Job.” The idea (a bit tongue in cheek, but still) is that the job market is still lousy. If you’re hunting for a first position out of school, you can send your resume around to the places that recruit on college campuses. Or you can try something a little off beat. Use one… read more »

How Many Hours Should You Be Working?

Over at, I have a piece on where the point of diminishing returns comes with work. Clearly working 1 hour per week is not enough to do a bang-up job in most lines of work, and working 168 hours (the total number of hours in a week) isn’t going to fly either. Such a sleep-deprived person would be non-functional, not to mention smelly, due to a lack… read more »

Knocking Off One Of Those 100 Dreams

Last fall, I posted my List of 100 Dreams. This is an exercise (dreamed up by career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine) that involves brainstorming everything you’d like to do or have more of in your life.
Of course, it’s one thing to make a list. It’s kind of useless, though, unless you start trying some of the activities on it. And so, as my time… read more »