Productivity

Making time to read: supply vs. demand

When I ask people what they’d like to do more of with their time, “read” comes up almost as often as “exercise.” And yet many people — people who have the same 168 hours per week as the rest of us — do manage to read through books at a rapid clip. I’m always amazed at the number of book reviews Modern Mrs. Darcy manages to post, despite other… read more »

Don’t write off your Mondays

Confession time: I really like Mondays. Partly that’s because I love what I do. But I also find Monday to be a very productive day. I often schedule my most important tasks for first thing Monday morning, and I try to get through a big chunk of my week’s goals by Monday quitting time. Indeed — a downside of this Monday devotion — if I lose a chunk of… read more »

Moving the tiles around

There are no typical weeks. That’s what I always tell people who keep time logs for me. We move the tiles in the mosaics of our lives around in interesting ways, and atypical weeks can generate insights into our lives, too.
This past week was atypical in that our nanny had jury duty. Given the particular case she was selected for, I’m grateful she was only gon… read more »

How to embrace — and profit from — the quirks in your schedule

Part of making the most of your time is breaking free from traditional notions of when things should happen.
If date night doesn’t work, you can try date breakfast.
If you need to work 12 hours a day and don’t want to work from 5-8 p.m., you might be able to take that off and work from 8-11 p.m. instead.
If you’re training for a marathon and don’t wa… read more »

Help! I don’t have enough time to work!

A lot of people think they work too many hours. Others have a different problem: they have plenty of work to do, but not enough hours available to do it in.
That’s the problem facing one reader who wrote to me recently. She’s a self-employed single mother of a 10-year-old. He gets home at 3:30 p.m. from school. Some days he has sports, or therapy appointm… read more »