Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Podcast discussion thread: What do you wear — and not wear?

Back in a different phase of my life, I used to watch a lot of episodes of What Not To Wear. In the show, the hosts would go through a person's closet, and toss almost everything as being too old, unworkable, unflattering, etc. They would then give this person (almost always a woman) $5000 to go purchase a new wardrobe, with guidance from the hosts about what worke… read more »

2018 Time-Tracking Challenge: The wrap-up thread

If you've been reading this blog over the past week, you now know exactly how I spent the last 168 hours. However, on the off chance that you weren't adding up every single minute (ha) I thought I'd share some of my analysis. Here's the run-down: I worked 34.5 hours. Only about 30 of these occurred during the Monday-Friday work week. And even some of those occurre… read more »

2018 Time-Tracking Challenge: Day 7

Almost done with 168 hours of time logs! Did you stick with the whole week? Last night, I watched football (Go Eagles!), ate various snacks, and put the kids to bed. I made it to bed around 11:30 (again! Perhaps my new bed time). Here's how today went: 7:00 - 7:15 up with 2-year-old, who announced he needed to go potty (!) His diaper was wet, alas, so it was an ineffec… read more »

2018 Time-Tracking Challenge: Day 6

When I do workshops, I always like to have a few people track a week ahead of time. The goal is to see how people in a particular organization spend their hours, so I can make my presentation as useful as possible. Curiously, some people charged with doing this simply do not track their weekends. They'll track the whole work week, and even put stuff in that they pro… read more »

2018 Time-Tracking Challenge: Day 5

It's the weekend! Do you have anything fun planned? I hope so! Last night after hitting post I did have my celebratory glass of wine. I chatted with my 10-year-old briefly, then sent him to bed. My husband and I had a drink together. We read and went to bed 11:15. Here's how today went: 7:00 - 8 - up with 2-year-old. He consented to a short snuggle, then we went downst… read more »