Productivity

Guest post: How to make the ultimate to-do list

(Laura’s note: I’ll be running the occasional guest post over the next few weeks. If you have a post you’d like to suggest, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).
by Paula Rizzo
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by your list and ignore it. But I want to tell you how to make the ultimate to-do list and stick to it, and I can do that with a list.… read more »

Reader question: When should I turn down well-paying work?

Today’s reader question comes from a woman I’ll call Amy. She works full time (35-40 hours/week) from home as a contractor to major tech companies. She also runs a creative business on the side. She devotes about 5 hours a week to that. She was recently approached about doing a bigger digital creative project that would be something new for her, but fits wi… read more »

“Control freaks…will relish her uptight approach”

Write about time management, and people make certain assumptions about you. The biggest one? That you are a control freak, bending life into a joyless dirge of work and chore charts. Life is scheduled to the minute. There is no space for serendipity. It is bleak and rigid.
I was reminded of this while reading an article about yours truly that ran in the Financia… read more »

Unexpected insights from tracking time

I sometimes sound like a broken record in suggesting people try tracking their time. So I’m working on a piece on why. What comes out of doing this? (If you’d like to share your experience and be quoted, please let me know: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).
I read recently in Jackie Woodside’s new book, Calming the Chaos, of a man who wanted coaching because he… read more »

12 days to a happier, more productive you

Laura’s note: This post reached newsletter subscribers as this year’s December missive. Since the 12 days of Christmas start tomorrow, I thought I’d re-post. Hope everyone is enjoying at least a little down time with family today.
12 Days To A Happier, More Productive You
I have never received two turtle doves or a partridge in a pear tre… read more »