Adam Baker and Why Balance Isn’t the Name of the Game

Adam Baker is the blogger behind Man Vs Debt, but that’s only a fraction of his accomplishments. He and his wife, Courtney, paid off $18,000 in debt and saved up another $17,000 in a period of 16 months, before heading off to see Australia, New Zealand and other exotic locales, with their daughter, Milligan. To put it lightly, they get things done. Knowing...

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How to Nurture Your Child’s Curiosity

How to Nurture Your Child’s Curiosity

In Wayne Dyer’s book What Do You Really Want For Your Children, he describes some of the hopes parents harbor for their children: self-reliance, risk-taking, creativity, and a sense of emotional well-being.  But with two adult scientists in our house, we had to add one more to the list: curiosity. Remember when you were little, and everything around...

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Why Your Family Shouldn’t Be An Item On Your To-Do List

Why Your Family Shouldn’t Be An Item On Your To-Do List

Everyone is busy. Some parents are busier than others. Slide in a “break time” so that you and your children can spend 15 minutes or a half hour together. Set a timer if you need to so that everyone knows when “break time” starts and finishes. (Erin Kurt, 4 Ways to Spend Time With Your Kids When You Have No Time, Lifehack) That chills me. It even makes...

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Work-Life Balance: Lessons I Learned From my Dad

Work-Life Balance: Lessons I Learned From my Dad

We all have at least one family member whose example inspires our view of work. Whether it be our busy mom, hard grafting grandfather, or workaholic uncle, witnessing first-hand how they handle work shapes our attitude more than any words we could ever read in a productivity manual. My dad was a hard worker. Amazingly so. An ordinary guy, who never stopped...

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Not-doing: how redefining productivity strengthens family ties

At 38 years old, part of me is incredulous that I’m only just now learning to be independently productive.  Somehow, somewhere along the line, I’ve learnt to be productive only with someone leaning over my shoulder or by allowing someone else to dictate my priorities.  And until just recently, I have placed family at the bottom of the heap because the...

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Freelancing, Family and Flexibility

Freelancing, Family and Flexibility

Family comes very near the top of my list of values. I was close to them growing up (despite the occasional teenage tantrum) and when I left for college, I used to phone my mum every night. I’m 25 now, so the last seven years have meant a gradual shift of my relationships with my parents and siblings. Instead of being my parents’ kid, I’m...

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Family Culture and Productivity: How Your Loved Ones Create Your Ideas of Productivity

Family Culture and Productivity: How Your Loved Ones Create Your Ideas of Productivity

My grandfather is eighty-three. He says he’s retired. To him, that means that he runs a lumberyard, is building a new house up in the mountains and constantly has a new real estate deal going on the side. And, trust me, he’s actually slowed down to get to this point. My family has a shared perception of work and productivity, shaped in part by the...

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Five Ways NaNo can Kickstart Your Creativity

Five Ways NaNo can Kickstart Your Creativity

My name is Colin and I am a maths tutor. I’m also a National Novel Writer’s Month veteran – since 2005, my main character (Freeman Moxy, a sort of time-travelling Louis Theroux) has visited five different eras and escaped after a 50,000 word adventure four times*. National Novel Writer’s Month – NaNoWriMo for short, or NaNo for...

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Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours: An Interview

Laura Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, a book that takes a close look at what we’re doing with the 168 hours each of has every week. What inspired you to write ’168 Hours’? I had my first son in May, 2007. In the months leading up to his birth, like many new parents, I wondered how I was going to make...

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Your Creative Work Is More Important Than You Think

Your Creative Work Is More Important Than You Think

Does your creativity get left till last? I mean this quite literally. So many of us think along these lines: I’ll work on my novel once I’ve got the house clean… I’ll get back to painting when the kids are in school… I’ll finish designing that computer game as soon as things calm down at work… I know it’s easy...

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