work-life balance


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


sense of wonder
As our lives get busier and our reliance on technology grows, our connection with nature becomes even more precious. As I’ve done in the past, I’ve opted for a quick and easy read as summer approaches. This time, I’m hoping key takeaways from The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson will help you get outdoors as much as you can.…

Stacy’s Book Note: The Sense of Wonder


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



time management for busy families
Kim’s colorful mix of digital and paper calendars is a helpful example of time management for busy families. A mother of three active boys, Kim is a writer, producer and actor. (You can check out an important safety video for kids she produced here.) She’s one of those moms that make you wonder, “How does she…

Kim’s System of Time Management for Busy Families


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


daily rituals
Mason Currey, a writer, was procrastinating when he first started looking up the daily rituals of famous artists. He created a daily habit writing about what about he found in a blog that eventually became a book: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Always curious about people’s private rituals and habits, I picked up the book and found myself drawn…

Stacy’s Book Note: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work



When I worked at the Families and Work Institute, I regularly analyzed data from The National Study of the Changing Workforce. One of my responsibilities was to field media requests. If reporters called needing a stat about employees at large companies, it was my job to find them the answer. I don’t remember many of…

Why You’re Unhappy with Your Work and Four Steps to Feeling Better


Overwhelemed by too many choices
With the Holidays just around the corner, you’re likely to be overwhelmed with too many choices while shopping in addition to all things you need to do. Given this, I thought it was the perfect time to revisit a 2004 book The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz, a psychologist at Swarthmore…

Stacy’s Book Note: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less


Caring for aging parents
Over the past year, a rapidly increasing number of people close to me are caring for aging parents or an elderly member in their lives. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given how our population is aging: By 2030, the number of adults 65 or older is expected to be about 72.1 million; this is double the number…

Stacy’s Book Note: How To Care For Aging Parents