In the field of time use, it’s one of the great questions. Everyone thinks Americans are increasingly sleep deprived. Giant surveys such as those done by the National Sleep Foundation often provide evidence of this. And yet the American Time Use Survey consistently shows that Americans — even those who work and have young kids — sleep 8-plus… read more »
Part of making the most of your time is breaking free from traditional notions of when things should happen.
If date night doesn’t work, you can try date breakfast.
If you need to work 12 hours a day and don’t want to work from 5-8 p.m., you might be able to take that off and work from 8-11 p.m. instead.
If you’re training for a marathon and don’t wa… read more »
A lot of people think they work too many hours. Others have a different problem: they have plenty of work to do, but not enough hours available to do it in.
That’s the problem facing one reader who wrote to me recently. She’s a self-employed single mother of a 10-year-old. He gets home at 3:30 p.m. from school. Some days he has sports, or therapy appointm… read more »
It takes me a while to fall in love with a project. I sent the current draft of my novel off to my agent, so I’m waiting on that. I finished revisions to my Philanthropy Roundtable book on teacher and principal quality. I’m gearing up on Mosaic, but right now it’s a lot of recruiting people to participate — following up on leads, confirming workshops… read more »
Lots of folks, myself included, have written pieces about the downsides of multitasking. In general, trying to do two semi-related activities at once is just inefficient. When I check my email while writing an article, I get distracted, wind up surfing the web, and then struggle to regain my train of thought.
But even though there are plenty of instances whe… read more »