Productivity

Your cupboard is not a metaphor for life

It’s a perennial New Year, New You topic: how to organize your possessions. Real Simple’s January issue promises a year of organized living, starting with your kitchen cupboards, and moving on to a new hot spot every month. The reason for devoting so much real estate to organizing? As the organizing expert (whose name I can’t recall because — ir… read more »

Long weekend highlights

I’m gearing up for the launch of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend on December 31. In the meantime, I’m trying to upgrade my weekends, or at least become more mindful of what I do with them. Here are some highlights from the past few days:
I cooked a turkey. I massively overbought for the number of people we had (10 plus a baby) but despi… read more »

Lessons from a 90-minute nap

I wrote in my last post about trying some of the tips in Crystal Paine’s book, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. Day 13 suggested reading 168 Hours, which seemed like it might not be so helpful for me (personally — I hope it is for other people!).
But I decided to reread my chapter on “Controlling your calendar” in advance of working on… read more »

You don’t work as much as you think

Hang around in certain circles long enough, and you hear a lot about 70-hour workweeks. Then, after that complaint, you start hearing about 80-hour workweeks, and so forth in the arms race. People claim they fantasize about 60-hour workweeks, billed by some as the new “part-time.”
We may feel we’re overworked, but there’s evidence that when it com… read more »

Next year’s performance review

In my speeches on time management, I suggest an exercise to get people thinking about their medium-term goals. Many people get an end-of-year performance review. If your organization does them in November or December, they’re coming up. As you’re thinking of 2012, though, take a bit of time to think about 2013. What do you want to say in next year’s per… read more »