A happy summer list

I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting next week, so I don’t want blog visitors to keep seeing a post about my slightly-elevated stress level. Instead, here are some things I am currently happy about.
Frozen bananas. I’ve been making extremely thick smoothies (that I eat with a spoon) out of frozen bananas and frozen strawberries. I mix in a little bit o… read more »

Sustainable progress

I’ve been a bit, um, swamped this week. It’s the usual problem of attempting to take a week off, in this case before the 4th. I wind up needing to do 2 weeks’ worth of work at once, including writing about 8 different articles. Good times.
So I’ve put myself on a strict schedule. Every article has been given a day. I give myself the morning to write 2 article… read more »

Career metaphors

I’m editing my draft of Mosaic. One of the chapters is on strategies for keeping your career moving forward, sustainably, even if you have a full life outside of work. The broad advice is to keep thinking ahead (time masters are like chess masters), to do real work, to invest in people, to be strategically seen, to build in space. I would love to come up with a go… read more »

Reflections on 3 years in Pennsylvania

We moved from our 2-bedroom apartment in NYC to our 5-bedroom house in Pennsylvania three years ago this week. On some level life is different here. On others it isn’t. I get up in the morning and do kid stuff, then I work, then I take a break to run, then I work again, then I do kid stuff, then I get them to bed and work or read again. On weekends we do family activitie… read more »

One way to reclaim leisure time

My kids have never been great sleepers. They don’t seem to need as much sleep as many kids. The older two gave up their naps pretty early. My 7-year-old can easily go to sleep at 10 p.m. or later, wake up at 7 a.m., and be fine. My 2.5 year old still naps most days, but graduated to a later bedtime in order to keep the nap.
So bedtime had been around 9 p.m. here. But it ne… read more »