I recently read an article about how “boring is productive” — and they cited numerous CEO-types, including Barack Obama, about how when you take certain choices out of your life, you free your brain to think about other things. Obama was quoted as saying: “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying … Read More about Variety Versus Routine
What are the best ways to recharge after work — and reclaim those hours as a productive time for you? Reader R wonders, how do you make your evenings productive? Do you have any tips for recharging after work so you can have a more productive night? I keep reading about how mothers like Sheryl … Read More about How Do You Make Your Evenings Productive?
Everyone has a naturally productive time of day — here’s how to make the most out of it!
Readers, have you hired someone to clean your house or apartment? What are your best tips for how to hire a cleaning lady? When did you first hire them? (Right out of school, after you reached a certain salary, after you got married or had kids… when?) What have you learned about the process, such … Read More about Open Thread: Hiring a Cleaning Lady
I’ve complained before that I had a dinosaur of a phone — a Treo 755 — due to my loyalty to both Sprint and to my 10+ years of history with a Palm Pilot. I finally bit the bullet and bought a new phone — the Samsung Epic 4G, an Android phone available from Sprint. … Read More about Open Thread: What Are Your Favorite Apps?
Can you listen to music at the office if you’re junior — particularly through headphones? Does it make you look less professional or focused if you prefer to work while listening to music — and how can you tell if you’re annoying your coworkers?
2016 Update: We still stand by this advice below about fitting a social calendar into a busy life, but do check out our latest discussion about ways to make time for friends when you work a lot. I don’t think we’ve talked about this yet, and I’m curious what readers say. Your job is important, … Read More about Fitting a Social Calendar Into a Busy Life
Days at the office can be incredibly long — made only longer by the fact that there are still chores, errands, and other life issues to be dealt with. We thought we’d start an open thread by listing some of the things that we do to save time on life tasks, and then see what … Read More about Looking for the 25th Hour? Our Top Time-Saving Strategies
We don’t know about you, but for the past few years we’ve shared a printer with a group of people. We frequently prefer to read things on paper rather than online — especially if we’re marking something up or comparing documents — and so it’s annoying when we get to the printer to discover that … Read More about Tool of the Trade: PDF Factory
Sometimes, being overachieving and fabulous means you get a bit stretched too thin. Like, if, say, you’re working 250 hours, running a blog, planning a wedding 300 miles away, and trying to diet/exercise well in the meantime. (This, of course, relates to NO ONE we know.) Anyway, sometimes push comes to shove and exhaustion overwhelms … Read More about Poll: Have you ever napped at your desk?