Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Squeezing in a micro-vacation during a work trip (plus sources for stories)

I’m writing this from Orlando where I went for an extremely quick speaking trip. I was in and out in one day. It makes for a long day, though not incredibly long. I left the house at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday with a return time of 11 p.m. I potentially could have done it even quicker, but some of that padding was to ensure I was not late for my one-hour talk. So I had time to w… read more »

Want to use your time better?

Then it’s time to figure out how you’re spending it now! I’ll be doing a 7-day (168-hour) time tracking challenge over the next week, starting on the 11th. I’ll post my logs here and do some discussions on Facebook too. If you’d like to play along, you can sign up here for motivational emails, and you can download a spreadsheet here. I’ve been loggi… read more »

How one lawyer plans to get back on the fast track after a few slow years

Careers have peaks and troughs. Many people decide to “park it” for a few years while caring for children or elderly parents, or while dealing with a health issue or a boss who inspires hunkering down. But at some point the situation can change. So how do you show you’re back in the game? I asked this question on the blog a few weeks ago. I thought one of the re… read more »

Home after the holidays

Over the holidays, we made the somewhat crazy decision to drive to Indiana in the minivan to visit family. The drive itself was not as horrible as it could have been. The baby is shockingly docile about sitting in a rear-facing car seat all day. He made up for it, however, by being a holy terror in other people’s non-child proofed houses. He also didn’t sleep… read more »

My 2016 quarterly goals

It's that time of year again! In 2015, I started setting quarterly goals, rather than New Year's resolutions. To be sure, I have some year-long resolutions for doing things like eating vegetables. But setting quarterly goals allows me to focus on one big thing at a time. I know there are other things I intend to do during the year, and there will be a time for thos… read more »