Archive for October 2010

What would you do on a perfect day?

Researchers have been studying happiness rather seriously over the past few decades, and one of the truisms of this field is that experiences make us happier than things. Stuff can be fun to acquire, but few objects truly change our lives. The few objects that might change our lives (for instance, computers) give us happiness because they give us the experie… read more »

Multitasking… or not

I'm finally home from several speeches in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. One of my usual lines in these talks is to tell people not to multitask. "Wherever you are, be there," I say. Give your present task your full attention. And I usually try to follow that advice. But tonight I was faced with a dilemma. I needed to sign 50 book plates to get out in the mail tomorrow. I… read more »

Thoughts on cars and travel

Just a quick post, as I am on the road this week, with speeches in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Since I live in New York City, and work out of my home office, I don't spend a whole lot of time driving. But this week, as I'm out in the midwest, I rented a car and have been hopping around in it. It has made me convinced, more than ever, that one of the reasons we feel we have no ti… read more »

The Little Choir That Could

(This article is running currently at, the website of New York's Vocal Area Network. In 168 Hours, I talk a lot about my choir, the Young New Yorkers' Chorus. We're now celebrating our 10th anniversary season. I think that making the best use of one's leisure time involves choosing a small number of causes or activities, and going all in. Don't just run… read more »

Blasting the Work-Life Gray Zone (Nancy Rielle's Time Makeover)

(Today's guest post comes from Nancy Rielle, who logged her time as part of the 168 Hours Challenge in September. We met over lunch a few weeks ago to discuss some tweaks. Here's her take on the makeover. Enjoy! And go order some e-cards from her website!) By Nancy Rielle Greetings, 168ers! Iā€™m Nancy Rielle, Co-founder of the ecard site,, and… read more »