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Three Wishes for Women
This holiday season, I have three wishes for women. They are based on what I have heard and observed over the course of many years interviewing mothers as a researcher and working with women as a coach. My three wishes for women: I wish you time to develop inner peace. Matthieu Ricard describes this as…

Three Wishes for Women


happy at work, find flow
“If you want to be happy at work, find flow.” You’ve probably heard this advice before. But, what is flow? Let’s go to the source. In this book note, I summarize the key elements of flow as described in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He and his colleagues have conducted numerous studies…

Stacy’s Book Note: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience


get control of your time
I decided to re-read my yellowed copy of Alan Lakein’s How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life after having read several newer but disappointing time-management books. While published in 1973, its advice is not only succinct and helpful, but still relevant today. Consider these statements: “I feel like I waste so much…

Stacy’s Book Note: How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life



excellent sheep
When I first heard about William Deresiewicz‘s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I assumed it was yet another critique of Millennials. But, when a friend I respect strongly recommended it to me and loaned me his copy, I thought I’d give it a skim. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. Indeed, Deresiewicz does describe how elite…

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time management mistake 2
There’s a time management mistake that many people make. It’s a costly one because it can perpetuate the feeling of being overwhelmed—the sense that you will never be done with all you have to do—and can prevent you from finding peace and feeling satisfied with life. The mistake: believing that the aim of time management…

A Crucial Time Management Mistake You May Not Know You’re Making


Deep Work
On my third day of reading, Cal Newport‘s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, my younger daughter, said “Mommy, I get now that deep work is important, but do you have to talk about it so much?” The book provides so many practical strategies to knowledge workers in today’s overwhelming busy, fast-paced, and highly distracting digital age…

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Stop feeling guilty mom
“Stop feeling guilty Mom!” Too many moms feel too much guilt. I hear it in most conversations I have with them, and even more so since launching my series on time-management for real women. I certainly struggle with guilt myself. Unfortunately, it isn’t something you can easily banish. But, having worked on “mom guilt” with…

How to Stop Feeling Guilty about How You Spend Your Time


get unstuck and get some satisfaction
Nearly every day I talk with bright and caring women who feel they are running in place. They are working hard but not getting anywhere. Seeking more satisfaction or “work-life balance,” a term I’m not fond of, these women generally fall into one of three categories: Stay-at-home mothers who live with the nagging worry that they’ll…

Spinning Your Wheels? How to Get Unstuck and Get Some Satisfaction


no work-life balance
I’ve been immersed in the topic of career-family conflict since 1993, when I decided to go to graduate school after a short stint working in advertising. Guess what? The landscape has changed very little since then. According to this New York Times book review, Anne Marie Slaughter’s new book highlights the same issues many other…

No Work-Life Balance? Try Four Shifts