What’s your time worth?

In one single encounter the other day, I believe that I made a choice that would make my mother & Laura Vanderkam proud, while simultaneously embarrassing my children (always a bonus). We were in the midst of another week where we all seemed to be running, coming & going. Recently I went back to work full time after 3 years of part-time work and we are all still adjusting.

While driving my daughter to soccer practice, I noticed a lawn care truck in front of a neighbor’s house. A seemingly nice man was putting away his mower when I shamelessly accosted him and asked if he had any time to cut our grass. Typically this falls into ‘husband’ category, not that this Kentucky girl hadn’t handled a SNAPPER mower on my childhood farm for MANY years, but said husband had been dealing with his own crazy work stuff and getting home late and exhausted. Lawn care is certainly not in our budget, but at this moment when our grass had gotten to an almost embarrassing level, I decided that I could shave some money from one budget line or work a few additional hours JUST TO GET IT DONE.

My kids says that in the heat of the moment that I told Ron Busken (Busken Lawn Care) that I loved him when he agreed to the task (I’m denying it) and off we sped to soccer. Read the rest of this entry

Expert Organization & Time Management Tips

If you are continually challenged by organization, prioritizing and managing all the “stuff” in your life, jump into a LIVE conversation with author Laura Vanderkam next Tuesday, October 12th 1:00PM EDT. The talk can be accessed through The Motherhood, a site that is dedicated to helping each other make life a little better every day.

168 Hours has some great big fans in Natalie Morales of the Today Show and Gretchen Carlson of FOX NEWS to name a few. One reviewer said it best, “While 168 Hours certainly gets up in your business for wasting time, it’s not some dull or preachy book about time-management: It’s a compellingly written, logical argument against the emotional complaint “I’m too busy,” presented alongside practical advice and an engaging collection of time-use tricks”. Christine Whelan, Huffington Post.

The Motherhood is also a great place to connect with others that may have additional shared interets such as Green Families, Living on a Budget & Shortcuts to Dinner.  I’ll be joining Laura as one of the “talk experts” so join us for some great shortcuts, suggestions and solutions for getting your life simplified.