One way to reclaim leisure time

My kids have never been great sleepers. They don’t seem to need as much sleep as many kids. The older two gave up their naps pretty early. My 7-year-old can easily go to sleep at 10 p.m. or later, wake up at 7 a.m., and be fine. My 2.5 year old still naps most days, but graduated to a later bedtime in order to keep the nap.
So bedtime had been around 9 p.m. here. But it ne… read more »

This week’s articles; what I’m working on

My interview with Sylvia Ann Hewlett ran at Fast Company this week.
I also interviewed Keith Ferrazzi on how to transform online connections into real ones.
For next week, I’m working on a few pieces. One is on how to become a Pinterest star. If you’re on it and have a following, I’d love to talk with you about what people respond to. Also what… read more »

Cutting 4700 calories, and changing stories

I always love a good weight loss story, so I was intrigued by the Wall Street Journal’s recent offering. Former NFL lineman Brandon Moore used to eat like, well, a 300-lb lineman. He needed to be bulky for his job, and as a professional athlete, he exercised a lot. He could absorb 6400 calories per day (the total for a menu he provided). This included such meal c… read more »

The ATUS is out! And yep, we sleep.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the annual American Time Use Survey results today. This is my favorite time study for a few reasons. First, it is huge (many thousands of people). Second, a few features help with accuracy. A researcher asks the participant to go through yesterday, which means the participant isn’t trying to recall a typical da… read more »

Planners, calendars, and making to-do lists

The SHU Box has a post today about her planner, which is a top-of-the line version. I thought I’d write about my system, which is much less advanced, and also some thoughts on how systems structure behavior.
For many years, I’ve been writing out my weekly priorities before the week starts. This is a universal list, encompassing work and personal. Then I th… read more »