Category: Free Time

Ups and downs of the running streak

I have long been fascinated by streaks (you can read an article I wrote about the topic here). There are habits, and then there are extreme habits. How do people manage to stick with something daily for years? Or decades? I have now tracked time daily for almost 2 years. So far so good. Then on Christmas Eve, I decided to add a new streak to the mix: running at least a… read more »

Snow day grumpiness

I have spent approximately 2.5 hours today shoveling snow. This particular winter storm involved a mix of snow and ice and so this shoveling has been taxing physical labor. The upside is that at least it feels productive, which I can't say of much else I did today.* I went through credit card statements highlighting business expenses. I bought a plane ticket f… read more »

5 ways to make over your Mondays

One of the joys of self-employment, and working from home, is that Mondays don't feel like Mondays to me. It has been ages since I have felt any sort of dread. But my toleration for Mondays is not just about Mondays being OK. There isn't this stark contrast with weekend indulgence. Indeed, my weekends haven't been all that relaxing for the last 10 years. Maybe… read more »

Snow falling on daffodils

We woke to a spring snow storm this morning, but it's been a good morning nonetheless. I woke up on my own around 6:15 a.m. (the result of going to bed at 10:15 p.m.). I ran 2 quick miles on the treadmill, then made some coffee. We managed to have family breakfast (snowman pancakes for the kids) and I snapped some photos of the snow falling on our daffodils. It's go… read more »

Better bits of time

I am always on the lookout for better ways to spend little bits of time. It is very easy to do nothing of consequence: delete more emails, perhaps, check social media and the like. This has the unfortunate consequence of making time feel "full," even though you haven't done anything. So here are some other ways I'm trying to spend shorter blocks of time. Running… read more »