Category: Productivity

Reader time makeover: Adding exercise and writing to an incredibly full life

Whenever I poll audiences about what they'd like to spend more time doing, exercise almost always comes out on top. Push a little bit more, and people mention other activities that at first glance seem different, but broadly fall in the same category: writing and other creative activities, brand-building opportunities such as blogging, and so forth. Thes… read more »

Random Friday thoughts

It's too hard to write an essay for Friday. So this will be a random assortment of thoughts and updates on life right now (non-political -- there's a thread from earlier in the week on that). Anyway, it was my turn to deal with the toddler last night. I got myself into bed before 10 p.m. I woke up at 5 a.m. when he woke up. I was actually grateful for 5 a.m. He'd been gett… read more »

Weekend hits and misses

On Friday, I wrote about my planning process, which is basically a list of lists. Does this process work perfectly? No! This weekend, for instance, we had some definite hits and misses/inefficiencies. My other half, as some long-time readers may have surmised, is slightly less into planning/organization than I am, probably because 99 percent of humanity… read more »

My planning process (or the list of lists)

One of the best parts of writing about productivity is that I have a good excuse for studying other people's strategies. Then I can take what I think sounds smart, try these strategies in my life, and keep what works best. As I was making a list of strategies for this post, I realized that almost everything involved a list. So this is a list of lists. Because lists a… read more »

Time tracking strategies

I appreciate everyone who answered the call for reader time-makeovers. I am looking forward to seeing the time logs as they roll in! People have some great stories, and I can't wait to write them up over the next few months. Since I know a number of people who read this blog are tracking time over the next few weeks, I wanted to share a few discoveries I have made in m… read more »