Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Revising (a NaNoWriMo update)

For the past two years, I've participated in National Novel Writing Month, a 30-day challenge that requires you to write a 50,000-word novel during November. I decided to do my own twist on it this year. I committed to spending 90 minutes daily during November revising the novel I wrote last year. I am happy to report that I have stayed on pace so far. Some days I d… read more »

An expensive T-shirt, but cheap coats

After the painful ordeal of running a half-marathon in 84 degree heat in June, I had decided to take a time-out on races. While I like to run, and like to run long, the hassle of driving somewhere, parking, waiting at the start, and then dealing with race conditions, did not hold much appeal for me anymore. But then, a few weeks ago, I saw that the Philly half-marat… read more »

The 2016 holiday fun list

Time passes whether we think about how we are spending it or not. Since the holidays tend to be relatively busy (or "full" to use a word I like better) it is easy to wake up one morning around Christmas and realize you haven't done the things that make the holidays feel like the holidays. So a few years ago, I started making a holiday fun list. This is a list of things I… read more »

How to manage sick days (yours or otherwise)

The onset of winter has a depressing tendency to bring illness to my house. I've got a cold right now that will not quit, and may preclude my running the half-marathon as planned this weekend. The baby is congested, which is making his sleep even worse than usual. This, unsurprisingly, is not helping my cold either. Sick days fall into the category of what Donal… read more »

Need a lot of sleep? How to cope

I have been tracking my time for the last 19 months. When I ran the calculations on the first 12 months, I discovered I was sleeping 7.4 hours/day. When I ran the calculations for the next 6 months, I discovered I was sleeping…7.4 hours/day. In other words, I am pretty sure this is what my body is aiming for. To be sure, it is often a disjointed 7.4 hours. For the fi… read more »