Category: Productivity

It is only a season

In a recent post, I asked for time management tips from accountants on how they handle busy season. I collected a lot of great tips, but I think the most profound, which I heard over and over, was to remember that it is just a season. To be sure, working 60-plus hours per week is no fun. And yes, it often is 60 hours. When I collected time logs for I Know How She Does It, I… read more »


It is Friday morning. I am sitting at my desk. Already, I have edited one piece. I am taking half an hour to write and post this, and then I will edit and turn in two other pieces. There is snow on the ground. Two children are home from school (not because of the snow; there was a planned teacher in-service day). And yet I am working! It is quite a feeling. Around last Ma… read more »

No cabin needed: How to write a book in 3 months while living your normal life

Writing a book seems like a big, intimidating project. But the truth is that it is a project like any other. There are ways to be efficient and get it done fast. That is what Dorie Clark has discovered. Dorie is the author of several personal branding books, including Reinventing You, and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around… read more »

The entrepreneurial dilemma: Do you really have to choose?

Over at Inc. yesterday, columnist Jessica Stillman focused on that perennial question of trade-offs. Randi Zuckerberg had tweeted a statement that seemed to encapsulate the entrepreneurial dilemma Stillman wanted to highlight: "Maintaining friendships. Building a great company. Spending time w/family. Staying fit. Getting sleep. Pick 3." It is a d… read more »

Going somewhere, feeling productive

It has been years since I worked in an office. My “commute” consists of going downstairs, starting the coffee, then sitting at my desk. Given how many time logs I see where people spend vast hours of their days simply getting to and from work, I know this is a wonderful thing. That said, I do go into Philadelphia or NYC for meetings or events probably once a wee… read more »