Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Sonnet written after another too-early Saturday morning wake-up

I dream these days of setting an alarm. At 5 or so a “mama!” cry and call — keep watch! And keep a toddler safe from harm. I roust myself and stumble down the hall. He’s snuggly — just a moment — my reward, then off he tugs while all the household sleeps. The kitchen: yogurt? cheese? He’s quickly bored. The TV’s on, and through the dim light seeps ref… read more »

How Olympic binge-watching can help you live a more fulfilling life

We are less than a month away from the summer Olympics, and I am gearing myself up for some epic television watching. To be sure, I do not watch the games live. I DVR the broadcasts so I can forward through the commercials, the gauzy athlete portraits, and endless commentary. Still, I know this is going to consume a lot of time. It's not just me. Lots of busy people w… read more »

Procrastination — or why you are reading this blog post instead of working

I spent some time yesterday cruising the book shelves over at Barnes and Noble, doing a bit of market research. My take-away is that a huge chunk of the productivity literature concerns itself with procrastination. Wikipedia defines this practice as "the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable t… read more »

Vacation and relaxation

It is a summer tradition that publications cajole overworked, harried readers to take a vacation. We need to relax! American readers in particular learn that we tend not to take all the vacation days we are entitled to, which causes much annual consternation. I do agree that it is good to get away from normal life and see different things. I enjoy my vacations a… read more »

Peaks and troughs and the upside of space

I've done a lot of public speaking over the years, but this is the first year I've been more disciplined about marketing myself and scheduling a certain number of speeches per month. In doing so, however, I have realized that "per month" is the wrong way to look at the rhythm of this line of work. The conference and event season is incredibly cyclical. March thro… read more »