Category: Productivity

My 672-hour Challenge, part 2: Work

Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that aren’t true. Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that are true. I think the key to creating the life one wants is figuring out which scenario describes reality, and what one intends to do about it. I’ve been dealing with this lately with work hours. One common narrative out there? “I’m overworked!” Time di… read more »

Money lesson 3: Money is a tool to build the life you want

I come from a long line of frugal people. Family lore says that, as a kid, I was asked what “expensive” meant. I said “it costs a lot of money.” I was asked what “cheap” meant. The answer? “We can buy it!” In general, being thrifty is a good thing. But one of my major money discoveries — money lesson three during this week of money lessons for… read more »

Have you restarted a habit you’d stopped?

I’ll be writing a lot about habits over the next week. For an upcoming article, I’m looking for examples of people who have successfully re-started a habit they’d previously stopped. After falling off the wagon, how do you get back on again? Was it harder the second time? I’ve managed to restart my daily journaling habit after abou… read more »

Do billable hours lead to unhappiness?

I’ve spoken with groups of lawyers, and groups that include lawyers, several times. I mention the idea of keeping a time log. I point out that people are no doubt familiar with the concept, and keeping a time log just means “billing” your personal time like your work time. Inevitably, someone will tell me that if she had to keep track of her personal time l… read more »

Reader question: How can I make time to start a side business? (with a side discussion on personality)

Today’s reader question comes from a woman with a full time job and two kids. She’s thinking of starting a side business, both because she’s interested in the work, and because she’s looking to help her family’s finances. She wanted to know how much time she should budget for this, and where she should find the time. She kept a time log, and “After l… read more »