Productivity

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 »

Managing multiple big projects at once

I’ve got a couple big projects in process right now. I’m working on a guidebook for the Philanthropy Roundtable that looks at issues of teacher and principal quality. How should philanthropists best invest to make a difference in those areas? I’m also writing a feature for City Journal on innovations in school meals programs. Schools are working to m… read more »

When you need more energy…fast

Today is a bit of a low energy day for me. I was broadcasting live all day yesterday from Creative Live’s studios in San Francisco. Speaking for 6 hours is a lot of time! Then we had a short reception after and I went out for dinner with a few people. Then I caught the red-eye back to Philly. While I managed to nap this morning (the upside of self-employment) I&… read more »