Category: Productivity

On not filling time: What is productivity?

Conventional jobs have a psychologically comforting aspect to them. You go somewhere, which in and of itself can feel like you've done something. In some of my early jobs, I recall feeling bored at times. What I was required to do did not fill 8 hours, and while there is much to be said for taking initiative and figuring out other things to do, not every day works l… read more »

Snow day grumpiness

I have spent approximately 2.5 hours today shoveling snow. This particular winter storm involved a mix of snow and ice and so this shoveling has been taxing physical labor. The upside is that at least it feels productive, which I can't say of much else I did today.* I went through credit card statements highlighting business expenses. I bought a plane ticket f… read more »

Better bits of time

I am always on the lookout for better ways to spend little bits of time. It is very easy to do nothing of consequence: delete more emails, perhaps, check social media and the like. This has the unfortunate consequence of making time feel "full," even though you haven't done anything. So here are some other ways I'm trying to spend shorter blocks of time. Running… read more »

As time opens up

Perhaps it is the coming spring.* Perhaps it is the lull between sports. But this weekend had a different feel to it. When there are lots of little kids around, chunks of the weekend always feel like survival mode. Not the entire weekend certainly; I have had many wonderful weekend moments over the past decade, despite being pregnant or having a baby for almost… read more »

What I’m into (March edition)

Time for another miscellany post on life right now. Here are a few things I'm into as of this month. The running streak. It lives. I have run at least a mile a day since December 24. It will not live forever, but so far, so good. The pause between sports. Wrestling is over. Little League has yet to start. Swimming is eternal but we don't have any meets right now. Nords… read more »