Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Time tracking strategies

I appreciate everyone who answered the call for reader time-makeovers. I am looking forward to seeing the time logs as they roll in! People have some great stories, and I can't wait to write them up over the next few months. Since I know a number of people who read this blog are tracking time over the next few weeks, I wanted to share a few discoveries I have made in m… read more »

Summer family semi-fun

Our backyard garden is kicking out tomatoes at an almost comical pace these days. So I am eating tomatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of my children is eating tomato salads for multiple meals daily. The other three kids have tried tomatoes, but are not eating them in the lusty fashion that various personal essays claim children will adopt when they h… read more »

Rethink Balance: The 56-56-56 Approach

When it comes to time, people toss around many phrases without thinking about them. One of the most common? "You spend the majority of your waking hours at work." For most┬ápeople, this is not true. There are 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 56 (8 hours per day), that leaves 112 waking hours. You would have to work more than 56 hours per week in order to spend the maj… read more »

Call for reader time-makeovers, and August goings-on

Over the years I have run several time-makeovers on this blog. I would like to run some more! If you would be interested in participating (or know someone who would) please reach out to me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com. I ask people to keep track of their time for a week, and we discuss what is working and what is not. The volunteer then tries some strategies, repor… read more »

Easing back in

Last week at the beach went slowly. This is neither complaint nor marveling. We filled the days, and memories, both good and bad, make time stretch in retrospect. I was also awake a lot, so in that sense, I experienced more of my 168 hours than normal. That is one way to make a vacation last longer. I know by this point that vacations in the toddler stage are not goin… read more »