In an article published in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post written by Annie Gowen takes a deep look at three families living in suburban Washington, DC. "Breaking Free of Suburbia's Stranglehold," takes a critical look at what suburbia is doing to the lives of these three families and what they are doing about it to help their families live a good and quality life.
Running around and constantly keeping busy is life in suburbia. In my own experiences, it is off two work early and home later. Fighting traffic all the way there and home. Luckily I have great kids and a wife (who also works) and it makes it a lot easier to come home to. We plan on time with them every evening.
But always busy, trying to keep up with the Joneses, and always struggling to make sure there is enough money to cover all the costs. Just when you are thinking that you are getting ahead, you don't and it is always driven by an emergency that you have no control over.
There is always something to do, but sometimes you just need to ignore it and hold it for later. I have personally started working in the Getting Things Done philosophy of David Allen. This is providing me more time with less effort. It is something that I have to stick with, but it is not always that easy.
Suburbia is a nice place to live and our family is working on making it work for us.