Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

NYC trip

Thursday was probably my last full workday of the year. I started off with a stop at the NBC 10 studios in suburban Philly, where I taped a segment with the wonderful Tracy Davidson on how to spend time better in the new year. It should air on New Year's Day. Then, though I had packed my bags, I decided I had enough time to drive home and see the boys off on the bus. I took… read more »

Invest in your happiness (or perkiness)

I am by and large a cheap person. I prefer the term "frugal" but sometimes we need to call it like it is. Nowhere is this more evident than in my bra selection. I am pretty sure my last major bra purchase happened when I gave birth to my now-9.5-year-old son and I needed a bunch of nursing bras. When I weaned him, I went back into the bras I'd owned prior. Repeat the cycl… read more »

How to be productive over the holidays (if you are home with the kids)

In the usual narrative, work is stressful and holidays are relaxing. Therefore, attempting to be "productive" over the holidays is missing the whole point. However, I know many of my readers are parents of small children. These small children do not disappear over the holidays. In fact, they are generally out of their usual schedules of school or daycare. T… read more »

The experiencing self, the remembering self, and a really long day

There's always a lot going on the weekend before Christmas. One mom at a practice last week lamented having four separate events she needed to choose from on Saturday the 17th. I suspect many blog readers had similar dilemmas. The 17th wound up being an epic day for me for many reasons. First, we'd bought tickets for Longwood Gardens' breakfast with Santa ba… read more »

Enjoy those time dividends (and my TED talk is live!)

One happy and somewhat unexpected discovery of my adult life: dividends. Various companies pay out some of their profits to shareholders, and so when you own those stocks, you get paid a chunk of change as a benefit of ownership. It's not exactly free money — there's the opportunity cost of putting money in the stock market vs. other things — but it kind of f… read more »