Like many new first-time moms, Laura Vanderkam, wanted to be very active and involved in her new child’s life. But, also, like many new moms she wanted to do so without tearing the heart out of her other activities and relationships, that is she wanted to find a way to do this mom thing and also make it fit in neatly with her work and family life as it existed before mom-hood.
Vanderkam was to find that much of the written advice for moms, like her, was not inspiring, or helpful, rather it tended to tell moms to expect lots of changes and not much free time. Laura, however, was a journalist and a believer in getting things done. She went forward anyway and interviewed those that seemed to be able to do the mom thing and still have plenty of time to do the other things in life. She learned a lot and eventually went on to become a time-management expert and book writer.
She recommends some time spent tracking what one does, because we all tend to fool ourselves about where our time in fact goes. The point being that if we want to make a change for the better, we need solid and reliable data. Vanderkam also points out that the wonderful feeling of being “Off the Clock,” which is also the name of her latest tome, comes from truly knowing where and how your time is managed. Only then can you feel entirely free to just drop it once in a while with no lingering uncertainties that you are squandering time.
- Vanderkam is a writer and time-management expert, who became engrossed with the idea of time management after having her first child.
- Vanderkam found that most writing she read, as a new mom, was not optimistic about her chances of balancing work and home life with new mom responsibilities.
- She refused to give into negativity, however, and instead used her journalism skills to interview those people she met, who seemed to have the balancing act figured out.
“On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Executive Editor Joy Pullmann interviews Vanderkam about wasted time, changing our mindset of how “busy” we are, and the skills of CEOs and other successful time managers.”