Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Reader question: How can I make time to start a side business? (with a side discussion on personality)

Today’s reader question comes from a woman with a full time job and two kids. She’s thinking of starting a side business, both because she’s interested in the work, and because she’s looking to help her family’s finances. She wanted to know how much time she should budget for this, and where she should find the time. She kept a time log, and “After l… read more »

Reader question: How do you switch from work mode to personal mode?

Today’s reader question comes from a graduate student who has young children. She writes that “You seem to have a great handle on mentally switching from on to off to on, and you also work a lot, are extremely productive and have an ongoing list of projects that you could (should?) be working on at any given moment.” So, she asks, “For people who have ‘… read more »

Culinary experimentation

I’m still spending more weekend time cooped up in the house than I want. So in the spirit of at-home anchor events, I did some culinary experimentation this past weekend. First up, on Saturday afternoon: almond butter chocolate chip cookies. This was a random recipe I found in Martha Stewart Living (yes, I read and try recipes from Martha Stewart Living!).… read more »

My writing life: playing the long game

I’m working on my taxes this week. As usual, this triggers reflections on my finances, and hence my career. I had business income from 20 different sources this year. I do think it’s important to have multiple sources of income, though 20 starts to seem scattered. In my defense, some of this is the result of building a speaking career. It might be more effic… read more »

Mishmash

My baby is 6 weeks old today. He’s growing quickly, and starting to smile and coo. We are getting into something closer to a routine. Not a total routine yet, but something. There’s often a long nap in the morning when the house is quiet (shockingly, older siblings are not great at maintaining a library-like atmosphere). There are shorter naps in… read more »