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You might love what you do. (And I really hope you do!) You might feel inspired and challenged and motivated by your work. But no matter how much you love it, you probably wouldn’t say no to leaving early on a sunny summer Friday, or taking the whole day off.read more
Do you remember last summer?
I know – it was a three-month period that happened less than a year ago; of course you remember summer. But I’m talking about specifics. Do you remember how last summer felt? Was it an especially good one, or an especially hard one? Were you more relaxed than you were in the spring, or was it the most stressful season of your year? Was there one particularly magical week, or day, or even just one magical moment, that you thought about all winter?
The next time you’re nostalgic for simpler days, before you spent so much time thinking about your Wi-Fi connection, I challenge you to think about paper maps. Just folding those things was frustrating. Using them to navigate was a skill.read more
Which would you rather do: speak in front of 500 people, or find a snake in your bedroom? Sorry to put that visual in your head, but I have a point here. I suspect that would be a tough choice for a lot of people.read more
Have you ever driven a car across a bridge or along a cliff side road and been struck by a strange impulse to go over the edge? You don’t want to, of course, but you can’t stop thinking about how you could? Maybe you haven’t had that experience, but you’ve found yourself sitting in a quiet meeting thinking about what would happen if you suddenly started cursing at people or dancing on the table.read more
Did you get a chance to read my most recent blog? It was all about the time management strategies that some of the world’s billionaires share, and how many powerful people including Elon Musk and Alan Greenspan schedule their days so carefully that every minute is accounted for.read more
Sure, no one needs a billion dollars (although I wouldn’t say no to it 😉). It’s fun to think about what you would do with the bank account of Elon Musk or Bill Gates, isn’t it?read more
It’s a credo we’ve probably all heard before, one of those philosophies that sounds good on the surface but isn’t so easy to put into practice. If there was an obvious way to make work easier, wouldn’t you already be doing it? For people like me who are interested in time management, the quest to work more productively is ongoing.read more
From the time cavemen decided to hunt first and rest later, humans have been prioritizing.
Being able to prioritize confidently is a huge piece of the time management puzzle, and it’s time to master that skill.
When your focus is fading and your mind is wandering, which are you more likely to try: double down and try to concentrate harder, or go grab a snack? I know a lot of busy working professionals try to avoid the latter.
If that line of thinking sounds familiar to you, it’s time to rethink.
How long has it been since someone compared you to a preschooler? This week we’re talking about how treating yourself a little bit like a toddler might actually help you improve your productivity. I’m also sharing instructions for a simple strategy that you can use to refocus your attention and determine what to do next.read more
“This is going to be the year,” millions promise themselves on January 1st. “This is the year that I finally [lose weight/get out of debt/learn to skydive]!” Ahh, the promise of a fresh New Year’s resolution. If you’ve ever made one, you can probably recall the...read more
To anyone who loves top 10 lists, the end of the year is like, well, Christmas. Everyone from Buzzfeed writers to scientific researchers are busy compiling lists about the biggest TV moments, the worst financial trends and the most popular tweets of the year. The...read more
Does anyone remember the movie “Inception”? (Stick with me! I swear this has something to do with holiday productivity!) When it came out in 2010, seemingly everyone who saw it wanted to talk about the ending scene. If you haven’t seen it, all you need to know is that...read more
This week, millions of Americans come together to give thanks and eat too much. The food part of the holiday tends to get a lot of attention (with good reason; hello, pumpkin pie), but the gratitude piece is what I’m thinking a lot about this week. I see a clear...read more
Do you ever think about writing a novel but it never seems like the right time to get started? If so, November is that right time. (Stick with me, non-writers – it’s an important time for you too!) November is NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a...read more
It’s a scary time of year, and not just for people who are afraid of spiders and ghosts and sugar-dosed kids. Time seems to speed up after Halloween, doesn’t it? For one thing, you might already be thinking about Thanksgiving planning, or you’ll need to start right...read more
I want you to imagine this scenario: you’re relaxing on the couch, reading a mystery novel. You’re nearing the end; all the evidence has been laid out, the case is getting good and you can picture the scene perfectly. It’s totally engrossing – then suddenly, the phone...read more
We are well and truly into back-to-school season now! For those of you who have kids back at school, I sympathize with your stress – it’s hard enough to get kids back in the groove of the school year, let alone making those adjustments in your own life. And for those...read more
The pumpkin displays are going up, the beach umbrellas are coming down and kids everyone are mourning the end of sleeping-in season. It’s here, my friends: back-to-school has arrived. I know that many of you are either preparing to send kids back, or have already done...read more
Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about fall. Some of us crave it all year and can’t wait for leaves to change and the kids to go back to school. Others dread its cool arrival because it signals the end of another summer. Love it or curse it, fall is coming just...read more
Forty-eight hours. When you spend them doing something you love, two days probably fly by too quickly. But spend two days doing something tedious (did someone say ‘taxes’?) and the hours might seem endless. I’ve been thinking about what I can get done in 48 hours...read more
Every summer has the potential for at least a few absolutely perfect moments. Watching fireworks from the back of a boat, finally standing up on water skis, seeing your kids laugh by the light of a campfire: it’s all possible in summer. This is the perfect time to...read more
Remember those old-time performers who lined up a bunch of plates on sticks and then ran up and down to keep them all spinning so they didn’t fall off? (If you’re younger than a certain age, Google can help with this visual…) Trying to live a balanced life often feels...read more
Have you ever watched a gymnast on a balance beam? They don’t simply have to stay atop of a board that is only four inches wide; they must also do turns and jumps and flips—without falling off. Striving for work/life balance is just as challenging. We try so hard to...read more
I recently shared some tips on how to prepare yourself for a summer work vacation, and I’ll say again that time off from work is critical to reduce stress and improve productivity in the long run. Now let’s look at the flip side: how to prepare for a smooth return to...read more
Organization is important any time of year, but in my view it’s critical during the summer. Why? Because we’re trying to stay productive while also getting some well-deserved time off with friends and family. Luckily, there are some easy and effective ways to get...read more
While we can train ourselves to be more productive, science has shown that there are certain “natural” factors that have positive and negative impacts on how we work, despite our best efforts and intentions. By knowing and working with these elements, we can be even...read more
Spring is here—although we in the northeast and other parts of the country are wondering if Mother Nature forgot to check the calendar! Whatever the weather, spring is a great time to “clean house” both physically and mentally to ramp up your productivity for the...read more