Category: Productivity

7 productivity tips I really use (because they really work)

The internet is full of tips for making people more efficient. You could procrastinate for weeks by reading such articles, or books on how to be more productive. Since I write about these topics, I've waded through a lot of the literature. Some is...eh. But these are the strategies I actually use in my life, over and over again -- because I find they make life s… read more »

The longest day

Eleven years ago, my husband and I spent late June in northern Norway. In particular, I remember a night in Trondheim, right around the solstice. The sky turned a deep blue around midnight, but it was never truly dark, and the sun was up by about 2 a.m. People responded as one might expect -- with a sort of frenzied energy out on the streets as 10 p.m. was as light as a… read more »

Momentum

The 2-year-old has regressed back to early early wake-up times. This is quite frustrating, as we were doing so much better for a while. I suspect he may be needing less during-the-day sleep, and he still takes pretty long naps. Unfortunately, it's not such a straightforward thing to take time off the nap and hope to add it to the night. He's a real bear when woken… read more »

How do parents counter the impression of being less productive? (Request for sources)

Just a quick post: I am working on a piece for Verily on how some parents have shown they are "still in the game" after having kids. How do you show you are just (if not more!) productive after having kids? This is a particular issue for women; the motherhood wage penalty is partly about women being seen as less promotable once they have caregiving responsibiliti… read more »

How to tame the paper beast

I spent about an hour last weekend going through the pile of paper that collects on the counter under our microwave. This is where mail and magazines go when they come in. It is also where kid papers that get dumped elsewhere migrate. I imagine lots of households have such a paper pile, and dealing with it can consume much time. Not dealing with it can result in o… read more »