Planners, calendars, and making to-do lists

The SHU Box has a post today about her planner, which is a top-of-the line version. I thought I’d write about my system, which is much less advanced, and also some thoughts on how systems structure behavior.
For many years, I’ve been writing out my weekly priorities before the week starts. This is a universal list, encompassing work and personal. Then I th… read more »

Steppin’ out with my baby

My 7-year-old got a Fitbit Zip for his birthday. He lost it, but before he did, I decided to buy one that I’ve been using. The good news is that he found his again and has been taking reasonable care of it. He’s also become slightly competitive with me about who is taking more steps, and is very into achieving new records. Sometimes this means he runs laps aroun… read more »

How to stop obsessing about work when you’re not there

Coming up with great ideas in the shower is one thing. But ruminating over business problems while you’re eating dinner or trying to play with your kids isn’t so fun. Unfortunately, telling yourself “don’t think about work” is about as effective as telling yourself “don’t think about a polar bear.” Wh… read more »

On not watching the clock

It happened more than once on the Mosaic logs. A woman had negotiated a schedule to leave work quite early. She’d go pick up her young kids from daycare…and then confess to spending the afternoon and evening hours watching the clock. How many minutes until dinner time? How many minutes until I can start the bedtime routine? Small kids aren’t always… read more »

The lure of lazy writing

Read a lot of women’s magazines, and you start to notice something. A lot of articles start with first person anecdotes. Our writer has been struggling to schedule date night, to lose weight, to find a method of birth control she doesn’t hate, to get ahold of her finances. She achieves some epiphany, and then we move into the bulk of the article.
There are a f… read more »