Category: Productivity

Can you really spend just 20 hours a week on core production?

I’ve been writing about how to construct the perfect 40-hour workweek. (Key line: create a career that’s on fire without you getting burned out!). I was even quoted in a WSJ article this week on companies that are enforcing a firm 40-hour workweek. Any job has the “stuff” of the work, and the soft side. The soft side includes building connections, inv… read more »

Those little administrative tasks that eat your time (or do they?)

Were I not tracking my time, my story of yesterday would go like this: I did almost no real work. Instead, household administrative tasks ate my time. I addressed and stamped 20 kid thank you notes (I still have 6 to go, but the elementary school directory hasn’t come out yet, and these are kindergarten families, so last year’s isn’t helpful). I also spen… read more »

Finding space in full days

In my ebook, What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend, I wrote that there are 60 hours between that 6 p.m. Friday night beer, and that 6 a.m. Monday morning alarm. If you sleep 8 hours a night (oh, I wish, but more about that later), that would leave 36 hours for other things. Even if you have a lot of stuff on the calendar, such as kid sports and birthday parti… read more »

How to manage a full-time job, kids, and start a business too

I attended the Rock the World conference this past weekend, and got to meet a number of fascinating entrepreneurs. One of them was Emilia Prahin, who is the COO and marketing director of a company called Signature.Styled. This platform matches busy professionals with stylists who will help them shop for the right wardrobe; you can use the site to book your se… read more »

Weekend life hacks

It was a very full weekend. I won't say "busy" as I'm against that word. Also, there was still a fair amount of open space. However, we did wind up packing a lot in, and a few of my favorite strategies made that possible. Among them: Use car time. There was heavy traffic when I was driving home in the hurricane-related rain from the airport Friday afternoon. I'd wri… read more »