Productivity

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 »

One at a time

Thursday night is trash night in my neck of the woods. We hauled our cans to the top of the driveway and, as we do every other week when it’s also recycling night, we hauled a few cardboard boxes up too.
We moved in June of 2011, and probably had close to a hundred boxes of stuff. We also ordered a lot of furniture and accessories that came in boxes. The empty boxes al… read more »

Scaling up me

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what computers can do. I’ve also been thinking about a quote, paraphrased from Ambassador Frank Baxter (who now does digital education philanthropy) that “you should never send a person to do a computer’s job.” Recently, someone told me that she could usually recognize my columns bef… read more »

Another take on making over your mornings

Over at Money Saving Mom, Crystal (and some guest posters) are doing a series on making over your mornings. We’re on day 11 of 15 right now, and you can read all the previous days by following this link.
Crystal is challenging readers to commit to a set bedtime and a set wake-up time for three weeks. The idea is that by starting your day intentionally —… read more »

Getting to bed on time is hard work

I need my sleep. I think I do best with about 7.5 hours of sleep per night. If I’m not massively sleep deprived, and asleep by 11, I’ll wake up on my own around 6:30 a.m.
For much of this summer, however, my baby daughter has been waking quite early — but not at a predictable time. I think of it as baby roulette. Some mornings she’s been up between 6:30-7,… read more »