Category: Productivity

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 »

Running a business during naptime

I am now, finally, back at my desk for a full day of work. The past week has been about making do. I can make do quite well. However, it has also been a reminder of why I really prefer not to. P (nanny) had a family emergency that brought her to South Carolina last week. Then we got snowed in and she could not get on a flight until yesterday evening. The kids were out of sch… read more »

14 time management strategies from highly productive people

I have spent the past several years studying how people spend their time. I love to look at time logs, hour by hour. In these records, I see how the decisions people make with their minutes shape the course of their lives. We all have the same amount of time. But some people do a lot more with it than others. Here are 14 of my favorite time management strategies from p… read more »

Um, about that World Economic Forum tweet and infographic

Since the world elite are gathering in Davos right now, some of the World Economic Forum tweets are getting resent around. Last year, they created an infographic based on a Business Insider piece about my work that looked at 14 things successful people do before breakfast. This infographic has now taken on a life of its own. It even inspired a wee bit of a sneeri… read more »

Let it soak (secrets of the most productive people series – installment 3)

Note: I am running a series this week looking at some of my favorite productivity tips, with stories and strategies behind them. Another month is here, which means it is time for a new post on Real Simple. (Longtime readers know I have a thing with this magazine. I believe it perfectly captures the modern, upper-middle-class 35- to 45-year-old woman zeitgeis… read more »