Productivity

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 »

Multitasking without guilt

Lots of folks, myself included, have written pieces about the downsides of multitasking. In general, trying to do two semi-related activities at once is just inefficient. When I check my email while writing an article, I get distracted, wind up surfing the web, and then struggle to regain my train of thought.
But even though there are plenty of instances whe… read more »

Sources for stories: What have you outsourced?

In our attempts to use our time better, many of us figure out that we need to outsource some obvious things: house cleaning, perhaps. Lawn work. Administrative tasks for a small business. But what else can you delegate and get off your plate? I’m looking for examples of interesting things people have outsourced, saving themselves a reasonable amount… read more »

Time makeover: A little story about Lenore and her snooze button habit

Changing habits is hard. It is often a multi-step process that doesn’t fit neatly into a before-and-after story. However, slow progress is still progress and, over time, slow progress can help you build the life you want.
All that is a long way of getting at today’s (also long!) story: a time makeover for one busy woman whose days didn’t look the way she w… read more »