Me-time, Fast Company, links

It’s been a while since I’ve done a round-up. So here’s some news, links, and the like.

First, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast — the paperback — will be out August 27. Amazon is currently pricing it at $8.40, which is cheaper than the three e-books bought separately, and Audible is pricing it at $7.95, which is also cheaper than purchasing the three separately. (B&N has it for $11.48). I realize many blog readers have already read the ebooks, but if you do order the paperback, please shoot me an email (lvanderkam at yahoo dot com) and I’ll send you a little e-booklet I wrote called “9 Ways to Make More Me Time” as a thank you. I appreciate your support!

I’m a few weeks into my new gig writing for Fast Company. Some of the pieces that have been most read are “What Successful People Do During Lunch” (of course!) and “Monotasking is the New Multitasking.

I’d love to feature more “real people” stories in future posts. Right now I’m particularly looking for people who have successfully changed the job they have into the job they want. Have you done some “job crafting” to change who you work with, or your tasks, in order to bring more joy to your job? How did you make that happen? Please let me know (lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).

I was intrigued by Judith Warner’s piece for the New York Times on the Opt-out Generation Wants Back In. I’ll write more about that one next week. Here’s Lisa Belkin’s original piece from 2003

And on a totally different note, here’s a story from the LA Times about a young mom fighting cancer and hoping to see her 2-year-old grow up. She needs a bone marrow match. Her story is bringing some national attention to the difficulty people from minority groups have in finding matches — and the need for broad recruitment to donor registries.

New York state saw proficiency rates on state tests drop precipitously after aligning the tests with the more rigorous Common Core. Some people are trying to score political points on the drop, but kudos to NY for doing this. One of the scandals of NCLB is how easy some states have made their tests. You get what you measure, but measurements should mean something.

11 thoughts on “Me-time, Fast Company, links

  1. Oh goodness, I couldn’t finish that article about the mom with cancer because I’d be covered in tears, but shared on facebook with a plea for signing up to registries. 2nd story I read today about a 30-something mother with cancer…breaking my heart.

  2. The story about cancer definitely puts the other stories in perspective. I didn’t think the story did a good job though of talking about whether or not being a minority or their background makes it harder to find a donor. I went on to the register to be a donor Web site and honestly I find it too complicated. Does anyone know if bone marrow screenings/or donations are done like public blood drives? Or if there is a quick and easy way to register yourself and/or a way say for Hispanics or Asians to get on to their own registries. I’d love to get involved in that issue.

    1. Cara, I registered at It was easy. You add your name/info and they will mail you a cheek swab kit for DNA. Once they get your DNA (which can identify you as a match for someone….the genetics basically gets around the race/ethnicity question…certain markers are more common in certain ethnicities and are more accurate then “self-identification” of race) you are in the registry and can be contacted only if you are a potential match for someone in need. But, keep in mind that donating bone marrow is an invasive and painful procedure so you have to be willing to go through it (look it up before you register and make sure its something you can do).

  3. My friend is a dean at Princeton. She gives a big speech to the young women there who are still largely white children of stay at home moms and upper middle class. She tells the women that they should work b/c their men might leave them. The statistics on this do not back her up on this being the reason for work. It is more likely the husband will be laid off or out of work on wall street than that he will dump her. The white upper middle class have statistically some of the best marriages in america, largely on the back of the stay at home mother. I thought that the article brought up some interesting points about marriage and what is required of working professionals to be 110% emotionally available in marriage that would be interesting to look at. I’ll post a link here to an article from Psychology today which I think is one of the better things I’ve read on marriage though it doesn’t really deal with the issues mentioned in these articles. I think one of the reasons you dont’ see more honest discussion on marriage in America is folks feel it shows weakness to admit any attempt at betterment in this area so we are left with a pop culture that romanticizes things like having an affair. I’ve been surprised how much on prime time TV right now is about how great it is to have an affair with a married man or woman, which I think is wrong and probably inaccurate.

  4. Not sure if you track all of the blurbs about your books, but the latest Weight Watchers magazine has a quick blurb on Successful People/Breakfast on p. 16.

    Hope it’s doing well! You already got me with ebooks although I may succumb to the actual book. 🙂

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