5 Tips For Eating an Elephant

Let’s say you’ve got a big task that has to get done. I wouldn’t say you’re dreading it, but left to your own devices, you’d rather spend your time checking email. How should you attack it? Like the line about eating an elephant, I suppose. One bite at a time.
1. Start early. With any luck you’ll also finish early and can ta… read more »

How Do You Teach Kids About Money?

In the last chapter of the book currently known as Plenty, I’m writing a small section on teaching kids about money. I’ve realized from a quick look around that people have very definite opinions on this… and very little of it is backed up by research.
It’s a microcosm of many of our broader debates on behavior and economics. Giving k… read more »

Writing One's Own Story

I am absolutely thrilled for Alisa Bowman, a longtime friend of 168 Hours, whose memoir, Project Happily Ever After, has spent the past 24 hours on Amazon’s bestseller list. Alisa and her husband nailed their Today Show appearance yesterday. They told the story of how they were on the brink of divorce — to the point where Alisa was planning Mark&… read more »

What Do Professors Do All Day?

One of the big exercises in 168 Hours is to keep a time log for a week. I’ve posted my public logs twice (here and here). Many of my readers have done the same thing, but getting people to do this is often difficult, because it’s not easy! Time goes along whether you record it or not. But I think we can learn a lot from the experience.
So I was happy to see th… read more »

Round-Up: US News, The Nest, Get Dressed Like a Man

Lots of reading material this week. Kim Palmer quoted me in her US News money column, which was then reprinted at Yahoo Finance. The piece was called “Can I Afford a House, Car, and Vacation?” My point on houses was that there are various calculations out there on what you can spend, but spending a higher percentage of your income on housing means y… read more »