Free Time

Looking backwards, looking forwards

For years, I’ve been planning my life by weeks. Before my work week starts on Monday, I write down my list of personal and professional priorities for the next 7 days. Then I can think about when, over the next 7 days, I will tackle those tasks.
Over the past year or so, though, I’ve started shifting when I do this weekly review/planning session. This is partl… read more »

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (review #5)

I’m always on the look out for ways to be more productive. So I downloaded this book of essays on rituals, time management, and productivity produced by 99U — a website that takes its name from Thomas Edison’s observation that “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”  It is 99 “U” because it aims to provide the miss… read more »

The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto (#4 of 5 reviews in 5 days)

I read Banana Yoshimoto’s first novel, Kitchen, two decades ago as part of a summer class on modern world literature. She and her memorable pen name had created quite a stir in Japan — launching “Banana-mania” — and her English translations had been well-received too. I found Kitchen much more accessible than many of the violen… read more »

Review #3 — Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less, by Joseph McCormack

There is an irony to this book. Joseph McCormack, the founder and CEO of Sheffield Marketing Partners, knows that. Lest you think you are the first person to ask why someone would write a book on being brief (and not just a paragraph!) McCormack wants you to know that he’s thought of this. “When I first told my wife, Montse, and kids that I was writing a book ca… read more »

5 reviews in 5 days: Eudora Welty’s The Optimist’s Daughter (#2)

I went on a reading spree a few weeks ago, and read 5 books in 5 days. I’m now posting short reviews of all 5 this week. Up next? The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty.
I grabbed this book from the library because it fit my key demand-side reader requirement: That it be short. But Welty packs quite a bit into this slim tale.
To be sure, the theme of a ch… read more »