Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Thinking of going part-time? Some questions to ask (and boundaries to draw)

If you've got young kids, making the pieces of work and life fit together can be challenging. That's why part-time work remains a popular option. Various Pew Research Center studies have found close to half of mothers would prefer to work part-time (note: that's not just moms working full time hours who want to scale down -- about four in ten stay-at-home… read more »

Time-tracking challenge – wrap up thread

The 168 Hours Time-Tracking Challenge officially ended for me at 5 a.m. Monday morning. I was asleep! Indeed, I slept from 10:30-6:30, when I heard the baby. I kind of rolled over and assumed my husband got up with him, and I dozed until 6:45, when I realized the baby had gone back to sleep! He slept until 8. He must have been tired from tiring us out over the weekend… read more »

168 Hours Time-Tracking Challenge- Day 7

We are almost to the end! Did you make it through the whole week? If you neglected your time log a bit today, that's OK. You can try to recreate the day now. "Family time" works as an entry. The goal is more seeing the big picture than knowing how you spent every 5 minutes. Last night I did get some reading in, though less than I wanted since the 5-year-old had a few issu… read more »

168 Hours Time-Tracking Challenge- Day 6

If you made it through the first full weekend day of this time tracking challenge, congrats! It's not easy to document where weekend time goes. But all you have to do is make it through tomorrow, and then you're done. And then you'll have a good, holistic picture of your life. As for me, I read for a while last night, and got the kids down around 9:15, but then my husb… read more »

168 Hours Time-Tracking Challenge- Day 5

We are five days in! While it might be tempting to give up tracking over the weekend, there is quite a bit of time between that 6 p.m. Friday beer and 6 a.m. Monday wake-up. I think enjoying one's time means having a rough sense of where weekend time goes — so you can consciously choose to spend it on enjoyable or meaningful things. You don't have to track weeken… read more »