Category Archives: Time Management

Goals for 2016

Do you have a New Years Resolution for 2016? Did you have any resolutions for 2015? How did they work out? Did any resolutions stick for the entire year? How about for a couple months or even a week?

It’s demoralizing to come up short on a goal, but don’t feel bad if your resolution didn’t last, you’re in the majority. 25% of resolutions are broken within the first week and 54% are abandoned before 6 months. Continue reading Goals for 2016

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Failing at Laziness

To-Do ListI’m usually pretty productive on the weekends. I make a To Do list of the things I I’ve been meaning to get done, but can’t find the time and energy to do during the workweek. For example, a recent task was to find a dry cleaner to drop off a dirty sweater, not urgent or terribly important right now, but something that just needed to get done.

I created the To Do List habit to force myself to think about these types of tasks before they pile up on me.  If left unmanaged, the mental list becomes too large, and when that happens I get overwhelmed and procrastinate. I find it better to keep things small. (Plus I get an odd sense of pleasure from checking an item off the To Do.) Continue reading Failing at Laziness

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Relieving Holiday Stress: The Gift of No Gift

There Must Be Another Way!
There Must Be Another Way!

It’s that time of year again, the time to buy a bunch of shit. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the enablers to buy and receive things we don’t need, or even want. All of this is to prove to friends and family that we care. But does this obligation gift giving really accomplish that? For my family the answer is an emphatic NO.

What do we do instead? We call it The Gift of No Gift Continue reading Relieving Holiday Stress: The Gift of No Gift

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Breaking The Feeling Busy Habit: Cutting the Cable

I can’t remember the last time I was bored at home. I’ve lived in a sense of perpetual busyness for the better part of my adult life, certainly for the last decade. There’s always something I want to (or I should) be doing, but haven’t gotten to yet.

Work CommuteIn 2008 I went back to school part time to get an MBA degree. I was genuinely busy back then. I was working a full time job during the day and studying at night, every night. On top of that, I had a 2-1/2 hour round trip commute to work Monday through Friday. And because I’m a masochist, I ran 5 marathons during this 3 year period. Continue reading Breaking The Feeling Busy Habit: Cutting the Cable

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The Shaving Habit – The small Big that saved me $300

THEW SMALL BIG AND THE LITTLE BOOK OF THINKING BIGI recently read The small BIG: small changes that spark big influence by Steve J. Martin, Noah Goldstein, and Robert Cialdini. The book gives 53 small Big tips. Most of them are related to influencing other people, but it got me wondering what small Big tips I could use on myself. It also reminded me of a small Big change I stumbled upon in the last year for something I do almost every day, shaving. Continue reading The Shaving Habit – The small Big that saved me $300

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