got-done list


think small
As a big fan of thinking small, I have written about baby steps in the past. In recent months, I have realized that breaking projects we dread down into smaller tasks can not only help you get things done, it can also help you feel good about your competence and thus boost your confidence. An…

Think Small to Boost Confidence Even When Tackling Tasks You Dread


paper-based time management
When I first caught a glimpse of Robin’s fabulous paper-based time management system, I couldn’t help but ask her about how she used it. The conversation that ensued was the catalyst for this series on how real women manage their time and energy. As we compared our calendars and to-do lists, we marveled at how intricate…

Robin’s Paper-Based Time Management System


Time management for work and family
I asked several women I admire to open up and show me their calendars and to-do lists. To be fair, I’m sharing my complicated system of time management for work and family. It works for me but probably no one else! (To check out others in this series, click here.) Briefly describe your current time management system:…

Stacy’s Time Management for Work and Family



erase "work-life" balance and navigate life 2
Yesterday my daughter described a disagreement she was having with a friend at camp. She exclaimed that her friend’s idea was “so stupid!” I remarked that her words were not very descriptive of the point she was trying to make and rather likely to stir up anger in her friend, making things worse. I suggested…

Erase Work-Life Balance: Change the Conversation (With Yourself)


better to do list 1
Most people I meet are terribly busy. Mothers feel especially overloaded with too much to do. Everywhere they look, at home or at the office, they see reminders of what they need — but have yet — to do. (I not only have first-hand experience but have also conducted research on this subject and coauthored the study…

3 Steps to A Better To-Do List