Category: Time Management

How I’m multitasking these days

Multitasking gets a bad reputation in productivity circles, and for good reason. It's really hard to do two things at once, or at least do them well. Yes, it's tempting to read email while you're on a phone call, but then you miss things. Perhaps the call is not important enough that it matters if you miss things but then…why are you on the call? However, there a… read more »

168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge Day 5

Today has been a long day. I am attempting to post this on the train home from NYC but Amtrak wifi is sometimes spotty. If you are reading this before 11 p.m., it worked! Anyway, last night I did some work after posting, and went to bed around 10:30. My husband came to talk to me and woke me up, which meant I really didn't go to sleep until 11-ish. 11- 5:45 a.m. — slept… read more »

168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge Day 4

Much to write about today. After I hit post on this last night, I spent the next two hours dealing with the kids and reading, going in and out between the two. I turned off the light at 10:15, even though I only had 15 minutes left in my book (per the Kindle counter). Here's how the day went: 10:15-4:45 -- slept. The 2-year-old started yelling for the first time at 4:4… read more »

168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge Day 3

We are halfway through the work-week, but not halfway through the week. It's a critical difference! My time sheets start at 5 a.m. on Monday (that seems like a good starting point for the week for me). If that's the start time, guess where the half-way mark is. It's 5 p.m. THURSDAY. I don't know about you, but 5 p.m. Thursday sounds like the end of the week to me. But… read more »

168 Hours Time Tracking Challenge Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the time tracking challenge! Did you stick with it? If not, it's relatively easy at this point to get back on track. Just try to fill in, broadly, what you did over the past 24 hours. If you can't remember an hour or two, that's fine. Seeing it through to the end of the week is more important than any particular smaller chunk of time. Here's how my li… read more »