Those of you with scouting careers likely remember the myriad tricks used to start campfires. I’m not talking matches — I’m talking the things you threw a lit match on with the hope of getting a serious enough flame going to eventually light the kindling. In my troop, I have a vague memory of paper egg cartons, filled with something like dry… read more »
(Laura’s note: This guest post and interview from Maureen Mackey, a long time friend of this blog, originally ran in The Fiscal Times. It is reprinted here with permission — because I find this topic fascinating! I’ve long suspected that the ability to be on at any time — facilitated by smart phones — makes people feel they… read more »
According to a spate of recent headlines, the dangerous epidemic of workplace boredom is stalking the cubicles of developed nations. According to one Gallup poll, some 71% of workers are not engaged, or are actively disengaged from their jobs. Sandi Mann, a UK psychologist, has deemed boredom “the new stress.” But while plenty of organizati… read more »
Several weeks ago, I had a realization: I was spending a lot of time deleting email. Every day, I seemed to get dozens of unwanted emails that I deleted unread. This wasn’t pure spam. It was announcements from groups I was no longer part of, emails from companies I’d bought something from years ago, newsletters I’d wound up on somehow, and poorly targete… read more »
Going email free on weekends is a time management best practice. Every guru seems to agree that you should misplace the iPhone or Blackberry on Friday night, and check it only once or twice for emergencies before Sunday evening. That way you can feel relaxed without feeling tethered to work.
But here’s a twist on this practice: could you go email free at… read more »