Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

When people want to ‘pick your brain’

At a talk recently, someone asked me for the best way to handle a high volume of people asking for informational meetings. You know the sort. The niece of someone you knew at an old job wants to get into your industry. A friend's brother’s friend is looking to start a company. This person was told "oh, you should talk to [you]." An email arrives shortly thereaft… read more »

It was not a typical day

Many things went right yesterday. I traveled to Nashville -- in and out in a day -- and did a speech and a small group workshop. Both went great! My hosts were wonderful, and the participants were engaged. Travel there went smoothly, which was the part I was most anxious about. I had a lot of time to read during the day, and made it through about a quarter of the memoi… read more »

What I’m into, August edition

New month, new list. August tends to inspire a lot of "summer's almost over" laments (or cheers, depending on perspective), though around here, that's not true. School starts after Labor Day. There are a good 5 weeks to go. The kids have only been out of school for a little over 6 weeks, so we're just past the halfway mark. I am hoping to enjoy the month. We've got a… read more »

Books read in July

July started out slow in the reading department. I had a lag in the middle when I was reading a lot of magazines because I wasn't into my book. I was doing a lot of work reading this month too. Some of those books were good and some less so. But in any case, though there are fewer novels on this list than there should be, there's one very very long book on here too that I'd… read more »

I don’t work 98 hours a week. Do you?

If you want to know how many hours per week someone devotes to something, there are a few methods you can use. The first -- the easiest -- is just to ask the person. How many hours do you work per week? How many hours do you sleep per night? How many hours per week do you spend reading to your kids? This method is very straightforward, and cheap if you're doing research… read more »