Category: Productivity

Reader question: When should I turn down well-paying work?

Today’s reader question comes from a woman I’ll call Amy. She works full time (35-40 hours/week) from home as a contractor to major tech companies. She also runs a creative business on the side. She devotes about 5 hours a week to that. She was recently approached about doing a bigger digital creative project that would be something new for her, but fits wi… read more »

“Control freaks…will relish her uptight approach”

Write about time management, and people make certain assumptions about you. The biggest one? That you are a control freak, bending life into a joyless dirge of work and chore charts. Life is scheduled to the minute. There is no space for serendipity. It is bleak and rigid. I was reminded of this while reading an article about yours truly that ran in the Financia… read more »

Unexpected insights from tracking time

I sometimes sound like a broken record in suggesting people try tracking their time. So I’m working on a piece on why. What comes out of doing this? (If you’d like to share your experience and be quoted, please let me know: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com). I read recently in Jackie Woodside’s new book, Calming the Chaos, of a man who wanted coaching because he… read more »

12 days to a happier, more productive you

Laura’s note: This post reached newsletter subscribers as this year’s December missive. Since the 12 days of Christmas start tomorrow, I thought I’d re-post. Hope everyone is enjoying at least a little down time with family today. 12 Days To A Happier, More Productive You I have never received two turtle doves or a partridge in a pear tre… read more »

Manage your energy, but time matters too

I’ve had a number of people tell me lately that one should “manage your energy, not your time.” There are solid reasons for this phrase. Time is what it is. However you manage it, you’re not going to get more than 24 hours in a day. Energy, on the other hand, is a more elastic thing, and hence managing it might actually change its quantity. There are other g… read more »