A Manic 168 Hours

I try to update this blog daily during the week, and have for the past 18 months or so. But I’m a few days behind. It’s been a manic past 168 hours. We’re moving on Thursday, and we are trying to do some of the packing ourselves. I’m a firm believer in outsourcing, but the last time we had movers do our packing, we wound up spending gads of ti… read more »

Attempts To Do What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

About a month ago, I penned a piece for BNET called “What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.” The idea is how to use your mornings intentionally and start your day off right. For some reason, that particular headline has turned out to be total reader bait. It’s like people are compelled to click on it. An initial surge of traffi… read more »

The Camp Gap, And A Reality Check

I don’t know what it is with DailyWorth, but they’re giving me a lot of blog fodder lately. Today’s post by M.P. Dunleavey is about the “camp gap.” Apparently, in her small town, school ends on June 14, and camp starts on June 27. This leaves many working days of no coverage. She assumed there would be some program for her school… read more »

The Beta-Reader Experiment

Several weeks ago, I put out a call for book “beta-readers” for my manuscript of All the Money in the World. In the software industry, beta-testers (usually not internal to a company) use a product for a while, giving their feedback. The industry does this because the understanding is that software is supposed to be useful, and things often func… read more »

The Trouble With First Lines

Almost two years ago, I decided to begin 168 Hours with these words: “Tuesday, July 14, 2009, was a good day.” It was a good day — though I had to cast around for a while to figure out how I wanted to get into the idea that lives are made up of hours, and how we choose to spend our hours determines the shape of our lives. That was a day I spent a high prop… read more »