Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

12 strategies for freelance success

Someone asked me about my work history the other day, and I remembered that I haven't had a "real" job since 2002. And even that was a part-time job to supplement my freelancing. My business has gone through various versions over the years. At the beginning it was more articles and books, these days it's books and speaking (and a lot fewer articles - though sti… read more »

In which I chicken out

So I started the Cub Scout camping trip this weekend with high hopes. I packed rain gear and cold weather gear. I drove up with my 9-year-old and 7-year-old to Rickett's Glen State Park, which is a lovely place in the Poconos about 2 hours and 15 minutes north of us. I knew the weather was iffy, but the troop leaders decided the trip was still on, since it looked like… read more »

Brief Friday thoughts

I was going to do a longer post on my favorite freelancing strategies -- it's the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors conference this weekend, though I am not there -- but then I decided to prioritize other things. Namely, finishing (mostly) the first draft of my next book. When I get deep into something, I don't want to stop. So I didn't. And no… read more »

What I’m into (May edition)

A few things on my mind right now... Book editing. I've got much of my draft of Off the Clock (my next book) written. I've been incorporating the results of the time perception survey. I love this stage, where a lot of the hard work is done, and yet the book is still getting better as I edit it. Progress! One thing I could use: a few more stories from men. This is defini… read more »

The natural snooze button

This weekend I enjoyed something I haven’t experienced in a while. On both weekend days, I woke up on my own. No alarm, no baby, no husband waking me up because he'd taken the baby at 5 a.m. and now it was my turn. On Friday night I went to bed at 11:30 p.m., and started drifting in and out around 7 a.m. At 7:30 a.m. I got up and made coffee (and woke my husband up since it… read more »