Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

168 hours on vacation

When people offer to send me their time logs, they generally want to show me a “typical” week. This tends to mean a full work week, but vacation days do happen, thank goodness, and I think looking at vacation weeks offers an interesting insight into life as well. I’ve been tracking my time continuously for the last two months. I spent last week with my husb… read more »

Before breakfast, on the beach

I have been enjoying some Jersey shore time this week, but one of the unfortunate side effects of traveling with children is that it disrupts their schedule. The baby has been up in the middle of the night almost every night, and then gets up early as well. It’s not exactly my favorite development, but it does allow for some morning beach time. The other da… read more »

How successful students spend their time

I am a long way from figuring out my next book (as in a print title). But in the meantime, I’d love feedback on this “information product” idea. I’m considering doing a time diary study of college students earning 4.0 GPAs. How much and when do they study? How much and when do they sleep? Do they work for pay, and if so when and how much? What social options a… read more »

WSJ: The 44-Hour Workweek

I was thrilled to see a great review of I Know How She Does It from Lenore Skenazy in the Wall Street Journal today. Lenore is the brains behind the “Free Range Kids” movement, and I’ve enjoyed seeing her writing tweak the over-protective and fact-challenged over the years (guess what? The crime rate in many places is lower now than it was in… read more »

Ten minutes in the hammock

In theory I’m on vacation this week. I say in theory because when you have four small children there are limited moments for true relaxation. But there are always some, and I’m trying to be good about seizing them. This morning, I was out on the lawn of our vacation rental with the kids, trying out the hammock. Then they all disappeared inside. I fig… read more »