Productivity

Update on my 2013 goals: The good, the bad, the unknowable

Last fall, I blogged about the performance review I wanted to give myself at the end of 2013. I had a few professional and personal goals that I wanted to accomplish this year. While the year is not yet over, I have a pretty good sense of what’s definitely happened, sort-of happened, and is unlikely to happen.
On the professional front, here’s what I sai… read more »

Not maxed out, and not on the brink

Several people have asked me about Katrina Alcorn’s new book. Called Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink, the book argues that society isn’t particularly supportive of parents. You’ll get no argument from me there. Of course, the book also gets at that through Alcorn’s own tale of how she couldn’t have it all. With 3 kids and a full-time job, nobo… read more »

Working on weekends

A little over a week ago, the news hit that Goldman Sachs was attempting to make life easier for its junior analysts. A key part of that? Trying to contain work within a 5-day workweek.
I think that’s probably a good idea. When weekend work is built into a place’s culture, and it’s not an organization that obviously needs to be open on weekend… read more »

When some Yahoo alters your workflow

I’ve used Yahoo mail for about 12 years now, much of that as a paying customer (Yahoo plus is ad-free). I realize it is not as hip as Gmail — which I use as a secondary account — but I’ve found it to be perfectly functional. That’s why I’ve used it for my entire professional life.
Anyway, I hadn’t realized how much the Yahoo mail for… read more »

My work limit

I kept track of my time over the past 2 weeks. I figure if I’m asking other people to log their time for the Mosaic project, I should scrutinize my own logs as well!
A key part of logging time is figuring out how many hours I work. And the answer — at least with my current set-up — is surprisingly consistent. The last week of September and first week of O… read more »