Moving and Minimalism

This is my first blog post from my new home office here in the suburbs of Philly. The windows look out on the backyard, and since I haven’t unpacked much, the desk is shockingly bare. I don’t know how long that will last (my guess is not long at all) but it’s a bit like trying on a different personality for a day. What if I were the kind of person who… read more »

On The Sidewalks Of New York

On September 2, 2002, I moved to New York City. I was 23 years old, and had no idea what I would be doing with myself. I simply knew that I’d always liked New York, always knew I’d like to try living there, and that it was a good city for a would-be writer. I didn’t have a job, but I had a few freelancing leads. I had some savings, and I’d just si… read more »

All Work And No Pay: The Great Speedup?

I will start this blog post by saying that I once wrote an article on “white collar sweatshops.” I have lamented “overworked Americans.” I implored people to “take back your time.” I used to write about sleep-deprived moms and “the second shift” and all that. Then I discovered the fascinating field of t… read more »

Can You Try Twice Per Week?

I’ve spent more time looking at time logs this month than I have at any point since writing 168 Hours. Many BNET readers (responding to the post about “What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast“) agreed to keep time logs for me, and the results have been coming in. Seeing all these logs has reminded me of a few best practices that I&… read more »

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 »