168 Hours Challenge, Days 5-7

Finally, the weekend log! This weekend had some pretty steep highs and lows. If I were to describe it to someone, I hope I’d highlight the positive. I read some fiction again (for the first time in ages). I spoke on a panel for Princeton reunions, and during the course of my talk, someone ordered 168 Hours on her phone (she told me afterwards). I love what te… read more »

168 Hours Challenge Day 4

I am settling into a routine of logging my time. The past 4 days have been relatively typical, and now we’ll head into the weekend tomorrow, which won’t be. I will probably not post logs until Monday or so, but if you’re logging along, please keep at it! Weekends give us a full picture of our time.
I wound up staying up later last night after blo… read more »

168 Hours Challenge Day 3

As I start to see more of my work rhythms, I’ve been pondering what I want to accomplish during my morning “intense” work spot, and what I can accomplish during my afternoon stint (slightly shorter and less intense, but still a spot for focused work). I’m trying to get better about returning my emails in batches.
As for my personal li… read more »

168 Hours Challenge, Day 2

I have been noticing a few habits as I’m logging my time this week. Whenever I stop a project, I check email for about 10 minutes. I also do this whenever I return to my desk. I experience a gap between intention and action; after realizing I needed to go to Kinko’s, for instance, it took a while to actually walk out the door. Perhaps a topic to explore i… read more »

168 Hours Challenge, Day 1

The act of observing something changes the thing being observed. That principle of physics has applications to our lives. If you’ve ever kept a food journal, you know that sheer embarrassment can keep you from writing “ate 3 donuts in 30 seconds while standing over sink.” Likewise, recording our time makes us aware of its passing. I star… read more »