Category: Time Management

How much sleep do people need?

When it comes to time, certain narratives get repeated a lot. One is that we are all increasingly sleep-deprived. Certainly, some people are sleep-deprived; probably a number of readers of this blog! Many people have bad nights here and there. I know I do. Human nature means these bad nights stand out more in the mind than the good nights. However, looking at t… read more »

How (and why) to keep a time log

If you want to spend your time better, the first step is figuring out exactly how you spend it now. While recording a day or two is helpful, I recommend keeping track of your time for a week to get the best picture of life. A week is the cycle of life as people actually live it (what's a normal day for you? Tuesday or Saturday? They both occur just as often and have the sa… read more »

The ringmaster of the circus

In describing the day-to-day logistics of managing a full life, people use lots of analogies. Oddly enough, many of these seem to be circus-oriented: juggling act. Balancing act (which may imply walking a tightrope). Or even just a circus itself. In many cases, these analogies are trying to get at an idea of chaos or precariousness, but in thinking about it r… read more »

Welcome visitors! Plus an update on tracking my 8784 hours

Long-time readers know I spent the past year, April to April, tracking my time. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I was nearing the end of my project, and I promised a series of naval-gazing posts on the findings. I assumed I would write about the findings here because I was not sure they would be of much interest to anyone else. In happy news, it turns out I was wro… read more »

The Great Unsubscribing (and a request for sources for stories)

I know email marketing works. I have a newsletter. I have also made purchases because a company has emailed me a deal and it triggered a thought that I needed X, Y, or Z. Over time, however, the sheer volume of marketing communication starts to become overwhelming. Perhaps it's the journalism thing, but I have also been added to a lot of newsletter lists that I am… read more »