Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Teaching kids time management

We are deep into March's round of parent-teacher conferences, and one of the skills the forms have teachers talk about is "using time efficiently." I like the idea of treating this as a skill, rather than something one is "good" or "bad" at. However, like all skills, questions of motivation and the like come into play. I have no idea if what we are doing will "wor… read more »

Better bits of time

I am always on the lookout for better ways to spend little bits of time. It is very easy to do nothing of consequence: delete more emails, perhaps, check social media and the like. This has the unfortunate consequence of making time feel "full," even though you haven't done anything. So here are some other ways I'm trying to spend shorter blocks of time. Running… read more »

As time opens up

Perhaps it is the coming spring.* Perhaps it is the lull between sports. But this weekend had a different feel to it. When there are lots of little kids around, chunks of the weekend always feel like survival mode. Not the entire weekend certainly; I have had many wonderful weekend moments over the past decade, despite being pregnant or having a baby for almost… read more »

What I’m into (March edition)

Time for another miscellany post on life right now. Here are a few things I'm into as of this month. The running streak. It lives. I have run at least a mile a day since December 24. It will not live forever, but so far, so good. The pause between sports. Wrestling is over. Little League has yet to start. Swimming is eternal but we don't have any meets right now. Nords… read more »

Books read in February

I had somewhat fallen out of the habit of reading books in recent years. OK, that is not entirely true. I have always read a lot, but I'd say that 90 percent of the books I was consuming were either those I was assigned to review, those by authors I was interviewing, or books by friends. Magazines filled the bulk of my recreational reading time. In 2017, I wanted to e… read more »