Archive for December 2014

2014 highlights, and goals for 2015

Over at Fast Company this week, I’m writing about how to budget next year’s 2000 working hours, and why 90-day goals beat annual ones. Both have figured into some goal setting and reflection I’ve been doing the past few days. The hours (probably just a bit north of 2000) that I spent working in 2014 produced a few things: A draft of the book formerly known a… read more »

Unexpected insights from tracking time

I sometimes sound like a broken record in suggesting people try tracking their time. So I’m working on a piece on why. What comes out of doing this? (If you’d like to share your experience and be quoted, please let me know: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com). I read recently in Jackie Woodside’s new book, Calming the Chaos, of a man who wanted coaching because he… read more »

12 days to a happier, more productive you

Laura's note: This post reached newsletter subscribers as this year's December missive. Since the 12 days of Christmas start tomorrow, I thought I'd re-post. Hope everyone is enjoying at least a little down time with family today. 12 Days To A Happier, More Productive You I have never received two turtle doves or a partridge in a pear tree as holiday gifts, bu… read more »

Update on the 2014 holiday fun list

Back in November, I posted a short list of things I wanted to do to make this holiday season memorable. I’ve been trying to strike the right balance between wanting to rush through it (because I am really tired of being pregnant) and trying to enjoy this season. I wrote that I was “intrigued by the idea of a literary Advent calendar.” I decided to go for it. I… read more »

Out today: The Cortlandt Boys (my novel)

I am happy to announce that my novel, The Cortlandt Boys, is now out as an ebook, and available for purchase at major retailers. Here are the links to Amazon, to Barnes & Noble, and iTunes (if you frequent another e-retailer, let me know and I'll hunt down links for those too). This is the story of a small town high school basketball team that wins the Pennsylv… read more »