What I’m working on (and potentially hiring)

I have a few pieces in the hopper that I welcome help with (and I have the need for some contractors; see last paragraph). First up, I often repeat my glib productivity advice that you want to match your most important task to your most productive time. But what is that most important task? While “prep for meeting with CEO” is probably a bigger priority than e… read more »

I can. But should I?

I work for myself and have for years. I love having control of my time. To be sure, it would be mistake to see this as a stark choice; one thing I’ve learned from the Mosaic Project is that plenty of people with conventional jobs have reasonable control over their time too. Nonetheless, with my set-up, the stakes to choose something personal rather than work-r… read more »

Random Thursday thoughts

I wrote this when I was up early. In my pregnant state I have trouble getting back to sleep, so my general rule is that if I pop up after 5 a.m., I don’t try. Last night I went to bed at 10:30 and slept straight through until 5, so that’s not bad. I cranked out the article I needed to, so now on to blogging. A few mid-week thoughts:
We’ve been marked. We have a fancy p… read more »

5 years old!

Happy 5th birthday to “S” — kid #2. I went to his class today to bring cupcakes and read a story (How to Train Your Train — a surprising but endearing Target find). Every year in this class they trace him on his birthday. Now we will have side-by-side comparisons of S at 3, 4, and 5. He is getting big!
I do not feel like it was just yesterday that he was… read more »

Battling time warriors: What strategies do you suggest?

A reader describes a situation: He works for a company that talks a good game on flexibility and diversity (it makes various magazine lists). It’s also full of competitive, over-achieving types. This reader would like to have a full life outside of work. But he can’t shake the suspicion that some of his colleagues are deliberately competing with time. F… read more »