Category: Productivity

Weekend hits and misses

On Friday, I wrote about my planning process, which is basically a list of lists. Does this process work perfectly? No! This weekend, for instance, we had some definite hits and misses/inefficiencies. My other half, as some long-time readers may have surmised, is slightly less into planning/organization than I am, probably because 99 percent of humanity… read more »

My planning process (or the list of lists)

One of the best parts of writing about productivity is that I have a good excuse for studying other people's strategies. Then I can take what I think sounds smart, try these strategies in my life, and keep what works best. As I was making a list of strategies for this post, I realized that almost everything involved a list. So this is a list of lists. Because lists a… read more »

Time tracking strategies

I appreciate everyone who answered the call for reader time-makeovers. I am looking forward to seeing the time logs as they roll in! People have some great stories, and I can't wait to write them up over the next few months. Since I know a number of people who read this blog are tracking time over the next few weeks, I wanted to share a few discoveries I have made in m… read more »

Rethink Balance: The 56-56-56 Approach

When it comes to time, people toss around many phrases without thinking about them. One of the most common? "You spend the majority of your waking hours at work." For most people, this is not true. There are 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 56 (8 hours per day), that leaves 112 waking hours. You would have to work more than 56 hours per week in order to spend the maj… read more »

Time strategy #6: People are a good use of time

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the late Stephen Covey tells a story about the limits of forcing efficiency on relationships. One of his sons was quite into scheduling (perhaps a genetic trait!) One day his calendar "included down-to-the-minute time allocations for every activity, including picking up some books, washing his car, and 'droppi… read more »