Category: Time Management

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 »

Stuck at home? You can still plan a great weekend anyway

When people say they want to enjoy their weekends more, one of my first tips is to plan “anchor” events. These are 3-5 fun things that you will look forward to. Anticipation accounts for a major chunk of human happiness. When we anticipate a great dinner out on Saturday night, we experience some of the same pleasure that we will in the moment. Only it can last… read more »

The perfect work day schedule

One thing I’ve learned from studying time logs is that there are no perfect days. There aren’t even any typical days. But if one were to design an ideal workday, what would it look like? The Huffington Post recently attempted to answer this question. You can see their diagram of a perfect workday here. When I shared this on my Facebook page, many commenters… read more »

Guest post: 5 ways to practice smarter when you don’t have much time to practice

Laura’s note: this is part of a series of guest posts I’m running over the next few weeks. by Leanne Sowul Many of us have passions to which we’d like to devote more time. For some, it’s training for a marathon; for others, learning a musical instrument, cooking, or doing yoga. The time we spend practicing these passions is important; doing th… read more »