Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Guest post: 4 productivity hacks every college student needs this year

Laura's note: Know anyone headed back to school this fall? Here's a guest post from a college student on how to tune up your schedule and feel better about it too. By Dominic Vaiana As a college student, I dislike the phrase "time management." Time management implies that I'm obliged to find time for everything – to juggle a multitude of tasks and force space f… read more »

More links: Success podcast, plus come see me at the New York Public Library

I have spent seemingly my entire day on the phone with plumbers, people on various sides of an online financial transaction that will not go through, the dentist's office, a washing machine repair service, etc. On the plus side, I did give a speech this morning, and I went for a run, so the day hasn't been a total pit of energy-leaching personal to-dos. I want to s… read more »

Trying to think deep thoughts

I took a "mini retreat" today. I love the idea of a multi-day retreat somewhere quiet and beautiful where I ponder what I want my life and career to look like. Right now that is not tremendously practical. However, over the years I have gotten better at scheduling, and when I see that a day is relatively clear, I sometimes do what I can to get it completely clear. I l… read more »

Back to school morning tips

My kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day, but lots of districts are starting next week or the week after. Getting into a new routine can always be challenging, but I certainly don't think mornings have to be this crazed circus. In the September issue of Parents, I shared several tips for making it out the door on time. Among them: Designate a launch pa… read more »

Another August weekend

This weekend certainly felt like August with the temperature rising into the upper 90s. Still, despite the oppressive heat, we did a few fun things. I went for a solo swim on Saturday afternoon. After a nap. This was my payoff for getting up with the toddler on what was not officially my morning to do so. I took the 6-year-old and 4-year-old to the Reading Fair on S… read more »