Category: Productivity

Notes from a year of working less

I’ve kept numerous time logs since 2009. In most of these, I have worked about 50 hours per week, and sometimes a bit more. I have now been tracking my time continuously since April of this year. In those 8 months, I have hit that number only a few times. I haven’t tallied the exact average (I probably should!), but I spot check, and 40-ish is more typical, even… read more »

Quarterly goals: how did I do?

Last December I wrote a post with my quarterly goals for 2015. While New Year’s resolutions are grand, I thought that quarterly goals might provide a better sense of pacing through the year. I’d know when to focus on what. Since December is whirling by, I thought I’d look back on how I did. What did I do, what did I not do that I wanted to, and what did I not do th… read more »

When the meetings pile up

When I tell people I write about time management and productivity, they often assume that I schedule something every minute of the day. This is not true. I may be a "J" in the Myers-Briggs taxonomy, but I love completely open work days when I can work on whatever I want, whenever I want. With NaNoWriMo I've been trying to engineer more of those days, as my preferre… read more »

My Edison Talk video is live!

Last month, I participated in Chicago Ideas Week, and gave an "Edison Talk" on time management. If you've got 13 minutes and 40 seconds to spare, the video is now posted and you can watch it here. If you like it, I'd also appreciate any shares you might give it (FB, Twitter, etc.). Thanks!… read more »

Notes on NaNoWriMo and pacing

I’m having fun with my NaNoWriMo novel. I started a fresh file and am writing from the beginning. While the characters are the same as the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year, I feel like this year I have a better sense of what should happen, and I know who the characters are. So it’s coming together better than it did in the prior version. I’m sure there… read more »