Category: Productivity

How to never check email in the morning (while still checking email in the morning)

If you are a fan of all things time management, then you are probably familiar with Julie Morgenstern. Her best known book, Never Check E-mail in the Morning, remains a classic primer on how to make work work better. Partly because of its influence, the question of whether you check email in the morning gets bandied about a lot in anything on morning routines (e… read more »

Running and goals

Like many people, in January, I made resolutions for the new year. In my case, I decided to set quarterly goals in 3 spheres: career, relationships, self. My goal for Q1 in the self category was to be able to finish a treadmill workout I found in Oxygen magazine that required running 2 minutes at 9.0 mph after a progressive build-up from 6.0 mph. As this was a Q1 goa… read more »

It is only a season

In a recent post, I asked for time management tips from accountants on how they handle busy season. I collected a lot of great tips, but I think the most profound, which I heard over and over, was to remember that it is just a season. To be sure, working 60-plus hours per week is no fun. And yes, it often is 60 hours. When I collected time logs for I Know How She Does It, I… read more »

Margin

It is Friday morning. I am sitting at my desk. Already, I have edited one piece. I am taking half an hour to write and post this, and then I will edit and turn in two other pieces. There is snow on the ground. Two children are home from school (not because of the snow; there was a planned teacher in-service day). And yet I am working! It is quite a feeling. Around last Ma… read more »

No cabin needed: How to write a book in 3 months while living your normal life

Writing a book seems like a big, intimidating project. But the truth is that it is a project like any other. There are ways to be efficient and get it done fast. That is what Dorie Clark has discovered. Dorie is the author of several personal branding books, including Reinventing You, and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around… read more »