Are you trying to do too much this weekend?

Since writing 168 Hours, I’ve had to hone my message into talking points. One that has gotten a surprising amount of pick-up is the “rule of three” for weekends (and workdays, too, but we’ll get to that).
Here’s the idea. When we have full-time jobs (or school schedules, or what have you), our free time during the workweek com… read more »

Funny Money Quotes

When I started writing about the changing ways Americans spent their time a few years ago, I ordered boxes full of old Good Housekeeping magazines. Now that I’m writing about how we earn and spend our money, I’m working my way through a pile of old Money, Fortune and Forbes issues (btw, I use Past Paper, a small company out in the Lancaster PA area fo… read more »

Time Management 101

Over at Money Saving Mom, Crystal is doing a great series on time management, which (brag alert!) features 168 Hours. Earlier this week, she posted an essay called “Stop Trying to ‘Do It All’” telling her readers that no, she does not actually make sweaters from sheep she sheared herself. This is good to know, since careful readers… read more »

A few hopes on election day

This morning, as I usually do on election day, I spent a few moments in my local polling place. I rather like exercising this civic right, even though as a right-leaning voter in Manhattan, all my vote seems to do is get me jury duty from time to time. Voting strikes me as a fundamentally optimistic act. Across the country, people are voting today, and will likely… read more »

What would you do on a perfect day?

Researchers have been studying happiness rather seriously over the past few decades, and one of the truisms of this field is that experiences make us happier than things. Stuff can be fun to acquire, but few objects truly change our lives. The few objects that might change our lives (for instance, computers) give us happiness because they give us the experie… read more »