Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

5 ways to make over your Mondays

One of the joys of self-employment, and working from home, is that Mondays don't feel like Mondays to me. It has been ages since I have felt any sort of dread. But my toleration for Mondays is not just about Mondays being OK. There isn't this stark contrast with weekend indulgence. Indeed, my weekends haven't been all that relaxing for the last 10 years. Maybe… read more »

Thank goodness for butterflies

We try to be strategic with our weekend family activities. With four small children, big crowds, lines, and anything overlapping with nap time is just going to be a problem. We decided Saturday morning we wanted to hit the Philadelphia Flower Show, but it didn't open to the general public until 11 a.m. So we quick went online at 8:30 a.m. and joined the Philadel… read more »

Snow falling on daffodils

We woke to a spring snow storm this morning, but it's been a good morning nonetheless. I woke up on my own around 6:15 a.m. (the result of going to bed at 10:15 p.m.). I ran 2 quick miles on the treadmill, then made some coffee. We managed to have family breakfast (snowman pancakes for the kids) and I snapped some photos of the snow falling on our daffodils. It's go… read more »

Teaching kids time management

We are deep into March's round of parent-teacher conferences, and one of the skills the forms have teachers talk about is "using time efficiently." I like the idea of treating this as a skill, rather than something one is "good" or "bad" at. However, like all skills, questions of motivation and the like come into play. I have no idea if what we are doing will "wor… read more »

Better bits of time

I am always on the lookout for better ways to spend little bits of time. It is very easy to do nothing of consequence: delete more emails, perhaps, check social media and the like. This has the unfortunate consequence of making time feel "full," even though you haven't done anything. So here are some other ways I'm trying to spend shorter blocks of time. Running… read more »