Category: Productivity

Money lesson 3: Money is a tool to build the life you want

I come from a long line of frugal people. Family lore says that, as a kid, I was asked what “expensive” meant. I said “it costs a lot of money.” I was asked what “cheap” meant. The answer? “We can buy it!” In general, being thrifty is a good thing. But one of my major money discoveries — money lesson three during this week of money lessons for my ki… read more »

Have you restarted a habit you’d stopped?

I’ll be writing a lot about habits over the next week. For an upcoming article, I’m looking for examples of people who have successfully re-started a habit they’d previously stopped. After falling off the wagon, how do you get back on again? Was it harder the second time? I’ve managed to restart my daily journaling habit after about 2-3 years of very,… read more »

Do billable hours lead to unhappiness?

I’ve spoken with groups of lawyers, and groups that include lawyers, several times. I mention the idea of keeping a time log. I point out that people are no doubt familiar with the concept, and keeping a time log just means “billing” your personal time like your work time. Inevitably, someone will tell me that if she had to keep track of her personal time l… read more »

Reader question: How can I make time to start a side business? (with a side discussion on personality)

Today’s reader question comes from a woman with a full time job and two kids. She’s thinking of starting a side business, both because she’s interested in the work, and because she’s looking to help her family’s finances. She wanted to know how much time she should budget for this, and where she should find the time. She kept a time log, and “After l… read more »

Guest post: 7 ways to stop procrastinating now

Laura’s note: I’ve been running a handful of guest posts lately. Today’s is from Tor Refsland, who lives in Norway, and blogs at by Tor Refsland You and me are in the same situation.

 We are victims of the dreadful procrastination beast that keeps too many people from reaching their potential.

 The b… read more »