Category: Time Management

11 ways busy people make time to exercise

Ask people what they would like to spend more time doing, and exercise comes up a lot. The usual excuse is that we do not have the time. This is the assumption behind all the articles in magazines on "the 14-minute workout that burns fat fast!" or machines that promise an all-over workout in 8 minutes. To be honest, though, I do not think the problem is that people c… read more »

Should you plan your leisure time, or does that take the fun out of it?

In the common narrative, we are all scheduled to the hilt. Our work lives are dictated by 15-minute slots on Outlook. So should you treat your leisure time the same way, scheduling in that workout and drinks with a friend? No! Say researchers at Washington University. According to a series of studies (written up in Time -- originally in Health -- see link here)… read more »

It is only a season

In a recent post, I asked for time management tips from accountants on how they handle busy season. I collected a lot of great tips, but I think the most profound, which I heard over and over, was to remember that it is just a season. To be sure, working 60-plus hours per week is no fun. And yes, it often is 60 hours. When I collected time logs for I Know How She Does It, I… read more »

No cabin needed: How to write a book in 3 months while living your normal life

Writing a book seems like a big, intimidating project. But the truth is that it is a project like any other. There are ways to be efficient and get it done fast. That is what Dorie Clark has discovered. Dorie is the author of several personal branding books, including Reinventing You, and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around… read more »

Exercising at night, or not making the perfect the enemy of the good

When people tell me they would like to start exercising, I often suggest mornings. For many people, it is the best time. When you exercise early, the day cannot get away from you with crises precluding a workout. There are a lot fewer work emergencies at 6:00 a.m. vs. 6:00 p.m. We tend to have the most willpower in the morning, and you only have to shower once. But o… read more »