Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

My year of making time to read (plus a most memorable books list)

As I write this on December 20, I have read 134 books since January 1. Some have been short (Ann Patchett's Getaway Car). Others have been epic (1Q84). In any case, I read a lot in 2017. I haven't added up my time log totals, but if each book took 4 hours to read, that would be 536 hours devoted to books alone. The first year I tracked I read for 327 hours, which includes… read more »

Podcast discussion thread: All things planners!

Today's episode of Best of Both Worlds covers the topic of planners. Sarah and I both love to plan, but she has a far more comprehensive system that involves high-end planners (Hobonichi!), washi tape, and even accessories (a thin notebook that can tuck into the main planner, but can also take voyages away from the mothership). She uses her planner to map out h… read more »

Another one of those December weekends

It is 9:30 on Sunday night, and one kid is still doing his homework. Not because he had a lot, but because he forgot about it until approximately 8:45. Anyway, it's been another full weekend. A few highlights: A Friday afternoon run in the snow. I really dislike the treadmill, so if it's possible to run outside, I'm seizing the opportunity. On Friday, that meant… read more »

Reflections on TED, one year later

One of my highlights of 2016 was speaking at the TEDWomen conference in San Francisco. I spoke in October, and the conference itself was fascinating, if a bit surreal. It was a major event -- dinners, performing groups, gift bags, a big audience plus a simulcast lounge, plus hundreds of other TEDx conferences going on at the same time -- and yet the speakers kne… read more »

Reader question: What if my spouse and I aren’t on the same page with time?

Recently I received a reader question from a gentleman who noted that he'd been implementing advice from my books. The one time challenge he was unable to overcome? His wife. "I like tracking my time, prioritizing getting to bed early, etc. My wife, on the other hand, prefers a much more relaxed approach to time." She was not interested in tracking time and "is… read more »