Productivity

Manage your energy, but time matters too

I’ve had a number of people tell me lately that one should “manage your energy, not your time.” There are solid reasons for this phrase. Time is what it is. However you manage it, you’re not going to get more than 24 hours in a day. Energy, on the other hand, is a more elastic thing, and hence managing it might actually change its quantity.
There are other g… read more »

Working after the kids go to bed? Be sure to do this one important thing.

My take-away from my Fast Company essay on working after the kids going to bed being shared 25,000 times: There are a lot of us out there catching up on things at 10 p.m. Such a “split shift” — some work during the day, evenings off with the family, then some work at night — is often the key to getting it all done. You log the hours, but you see your fam… read more »

I crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line

In late April, 2010, I ran my first (and perhaps only) marathon. It was something I had wanted to do since becoming a runner about 5.5 years prior. You read enough running magazines and blogs and everyone talks about doing a marathon. So I figured I should do one too. I was also anticipating the launch of 168 Hours at that point, and thought it would be fun to talk ab… read more »

Time confetti and NaNoWriMo

There are 168 hours in a week. Even if you work 40-plus hours, sleep 56, and spend a reasonable chunk of time on housework and family responsibilities, there will still be time leftover.
However, a lot of this time seems to come in bits and pieces. There are nooks and crannies everywhere: while you’re waiting for water to boil so you can throw the pasta in. When… read more »

But does it save you time?

I have an iPhone, but I have never downloaded any apps for it. Perhaps this sounds strange, as I like to save time and the universe is full of time-saving apps. But I haven’t come up with many activities that I do frequently enough, and when I only have access to my phone, that it would be worth the mindshare for downloading them and keeping track of them.
For inst… read more »