Category: Productivity

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The No News Challenge

“It’s about time you do a 30 day challenge of your own,” I say to my husband not long ago. “And I have the perfect one for you.” He looks at me with skepticism and a little fear. “A no news challenge! No news for 30 days. What do you think?” My husband is a news junkie. He has dozens of news apps...

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Deep work: how to find focus in a distracted world

Italian is not going well. That’s my challenge for the month – learning Italian before my trip to Tuscany. I’m practicing every day and I’m even taking lessons, but I’m struggling. Yes, language learning is difficult (very difficult), but the bigger problem is that I’m not giving it the attention and energy that it deserves. This seems to be the...

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: 6 Months Later

6 months ago, I picked up a copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and decided to declutter my home. I spent two full months in full-on KonMari mode: discarding, recycling, donating, folding and organizing. It was hard work, but I was ecstatic with the end result. I loved looking around to see clean, empty spaces. It was easy to find...

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My iPhone Addiction and The Problem of Busy

I’ll be taking next week off from posting as I’ll be on vacation, but I look forward to sharing the results of negotiation month when I return. But first, some thoughts on lenten sacrifices, time management and taking back our micro moments. If you’re busy, you’re out of control. That’s what entrepreneur and writer Derek Sivers (of CD Baby and Sivers.org) says. He’s...

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Use the Batching Technique to Stop Running Errands All the Time

I hate running errands. I think they’re the biggest time suck in the world. This month alone I’ve had to buy EIGHT birthday presents. I’ve also had to order a birth certificate, notarize a document, call three different customer service numbers, write thank you cards, pay bills, submit insurance paperwork, and return library books, among my usual weekly chores. There are a number...

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In Search of Remarkable, and the Importance of Discipline

On Thanksgiving Day, I wrote an article about gratitude and giving thanks. It was good, but in the end I chose not to publish it because it was just another Thanksgiving article about giving thanks amidst a sea of Thanksgiving articles that filled up inboxes and newsfeeds everywhere. It frustrated me to work hard on something that had little originality (this article has been equally difficult to...