Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge – Day 3

Last night was my husband's night on toddler duty. I worked from 8-8:45 p.m., then stuck my head outside my office and heard that my husband and toddler were still hanging out together upstairs. So I went up and took over and got the little guy down (to the usual shrieks — and today he managed to open the childproof handle on his other door. Sigh). Then we watched… read more »

168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge – Day 2

Last night started well. After working until about 8:30 p.m., I got kids snacks and showers, read stories, and put them in bed by 9. Then I read in my room, mostly uninterrupted, until 10:15, at which point I went to sleep. My husband stayed up late working — or possibly watching the football game — which then meant he pleaded exhaustion when the toddler wa… read more »

168 Hours Time-Tracking Challenge – Day 1

I hope everyone's time-tracking is going well! Today was a fairly ordinary winter Monday for me. I woke at 5:45 a.m. when the baby started calling. My husband took yesterday's wake-up at 3:45 a.m. (I kid you not) so it was my turn. For anyone new to my saga, I have four children, ages 9, 7, 5, and almost 2. Due to our plethora of evening kid activities, coupled with m… read more »

Welcome to the time-tracking challenge!

Happy Monday. We have several hundred people signed up to track their time this week. If you'd like to join, you can download a time-tracking spreadsheet here (or just use a little notebook, or an app of your choice). You can sign up for daily motivational emails here. I will post my logs each day here (starting tonight). While past time-tracking challenge wee… read more »

Be more productive in 2017 (Day 5: Plan your workweeks on Fridays)

Over the past five days, I have shared some of my favorite productivity habits. All of them are small in the grand scheme of things, but all have a big impact. Today's habit is important because of a simple fact: time passes, whether you think about how you spend it or not. In that way, it's like moving water. If you're swimming in a moving stream, it can be difficul… read more »