Productivity

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 »

Conference Fail: In which I take the swag

One of the funny things about being a self-help writer is that people assume you take your own advice. I try to. I wouldn’t write it if I didn’t think it was effective. On the other hand, there’s the old adage that “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” And there is no annoyance like when you know you should do something…and don’t.
I hav… read more »

Siri and the little things that kill you

I’m on vacation this week, and so I’m re-running some posts from the archive. A version of this one ran in February 2010, long before everyone was talking about Siri, thank you very much — Laura
One of the reasons many of us think we do more housework than we actually do is the mental overhead caused by remembering that stuff has to be done, and… read more »