Really? Working Parents Are Too Stressed For Sex?

The headline over at was designed to grab eyeballs: “New Study Finds Working Parents Are Too Stressed to Go to the Gym, Call a Friend, or Have Sex with their Spouses.” (At least it was their spouses!) According to a survey commissioned by, 62% of working parents said they were too stressed to do the activities listed in the headl… read more »

The Eureka Moment (How Did You Get Your Best Idea?)

It’s a cliche that people get their best ideas in the shower, but that’s probably because it’s so true. You’re relaxed. Your mind isn’t actively focused on problem solving — it’s just wandering. You’re surrounded by white noise. You’re (probably) alone. When else does that happen?
I’ve… read more »

Round-up: Procrastination, Multi-tasking and Blog Inspiration

I’ve been taking a week off from book writing before plunging into revisions next week. It’s been kind of nice to have a little bit of space, to actively choose to not do something for a while.
However, sometimes we put things off for other reasons. Over at BNET this week, I blogged on 5 Ways To Stop Procrastinating By Friday. I am particularly a fan o… read more »

Idea Files: Worth It Or No?

I’ve been trying to declutter a few areas of my house lately. While doing so, I’ve come across a handful of old “idea files.” It always seems like a good idea to start one. At previous points in my life, I’ve been responsible for coming up with 8-10 short article ideas a month for Reader’s Digest’s Only in America s… read more »

No, You Don't Have To Track Your Time Forever

Over at the Urban Muse Writer, Susan Johnston reviewed 168 Hours. It’s a great review, and I’m really thrilled with it, but one thing I noticed was that in the comments a few people said that the idea of tracking their time made them want to poke their eyes out.
You know what?  I agree. Just in case anyone wonders, I have not been keeping a running ta… read more »