Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Put me in the zoo

Frequent readers may recall that my 9-year-old asked for a cat for Christmas. He did not get a cat. In lieu of one, he got two overnight experiences with me. We went to NYC over President's Day weekend, and this Saturday night, we did an overnight excursion at the Philadelphia Zoo. This was somewhat of a mixed experience. The cool parts were getting to walk aroun… read more »

On not filling time: What is productivity?

Conventional jobs have a psychologically comforting aspect to them. You go somewhere, which in and of itself can feel like you've done something. In some of my early jobs, I recall feeling bored at times. What I was required to do did not fill 8 hours, and while there is much to be said for taking initiative and figuring out other things to do, not every day works l… read more »

The heft of a manuscript

Predictions of the paperless office have been greatly exaggerated. While only a few strange folks still print their emails, most of us deal with plenty of documentation. Nonetheless, I seldom print much of what I'm writing anymore. It goes from draft on my screen to a website for publication. So I wasn't going to print what I had of my draft of Off the Clock, my n… read more »

Ups and downs of the running streak

I have long been fascinated by streaks (you can read an article I wrote about the topic here). There are habits, and then there are extreme habits. How do people manage to stick with something daily for years? Or decades? I have now tracked time daily for almost 2 years. So far so good. Then on Christmas Eve, I decided to add a new streak to the mix: running at least a… read more »

Snow day grumpiness

I have spent approximately 2.5 hours today shoveling snow. This particular winter storm involved a mix of snow and ice and so this shoveling has been taxing physical labor. The upside is that at least it feels productive, which I can't say of much else I did today.* I went through credit card statements highlighting business expenses. I bought a plane ticket f… read more »