Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Ready, set, go!

The 168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge starts at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow (well, that's when my time log starts! You can start yours whenever you like). You can still sign up to get daily email reminders; just click here. I have been tracking my time for about 17 months, but I still enjoy opening a new spreadsheet every Monday morning. The most noticeable thing about t… read more »

Time makeover: Make art when you can. Relax when you can’t.

About a month ago, I put out a call for reader time logs. Laureen Marchand, a 66-year-old Canadian artist, was among the people to respond. She told me that she was "not as productive as I'd like to be," and in the beginning, at least, she seemed to be looking for standard advice on getting more done. She noted that she was frequently distracted, and her schedule a… read more »

The course of love

Fairy tales end with the two lovers marrying. After sealing the deal with True Love's Kiss, they live happily ever after. This notion has no basis in reality. In real life, you still have to get up again the next morning, likely with breath seasoned by garlic and wine consumed the night before, and yet these romantic fantasies color the minds of people ponderin… read more »

Want to use your time better? Join the 168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge!

I have been tracking my time continuously since April of 2015. It has been enlightening, to say the least. I don't expect anyone else to embark on a project like that. But if you would like a good excuse to try tracking a little bit of time, please join me next week, September 12-18, for my next 168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge. You can sign up to get a log (a PDF 15… read more »

One last long weekend

We capped last week's semi-vacation by splitting the family into two camps. My husband took our 9-year-old to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M game (my husband is an alum). I took the three little ones to Cape May, New Jersey, for the weekend. I also took along our new nanny, figuring it would be a baptism by fire of getting to know us. The weekend wen… read more »