time management

5 online calendars your family can’t live without

5 online calendars your family can’t live without

If you think online calendaring is for scheduling business meetings, appointments and the occasional lunch date, you’re missing out. Online calendars can also be a great way to bring order to the chaos of family life — if you create or subscribe to the...
How to stop wasting time on technology challenges

How to stop wasting time on technology challenges

Today’s practice: The next time you dive into a time-consuming tech challenge, stop to ask: what would a normal person do? Saturday morning I woke up at 4 a.m. in preparation for my flight to London — and accompanying time zone readjustment — later...
4 ways your computer can help you to protect your time

4 ways your computer can help you to protect your time

Feel like email and social media are stealing your time? Great news: your communications technologies can give time back, too.  I’m not talking about productivity boosters or clever ways of getting even more work done in even less time. I’m talking about...
Respecting the billable hour

Respecting the billable hour

Can I have $500? One of the interesting things about being a consultant or entrepreneur is that people ask you for that kind of money all the time. I was reminded of this recently while catching up with a friend who (unlike me) is still involved in the daily work of...

How to sustain a social media presence in 3 hours a week

When it rains on a weekend, I don’t bemoan my decision to live in the Pacific Northwest: I just know it’s time to queue up my blog posts and tweets for the week. That’s what I try to do in about two hours every weekend, and since folks often ask me...
The 5 requirements for a starter social media presence

The 5 requirements for a starter social media presence

I often talk to people who wonder how they can get started in social media. The typical requirements are: Cost: When you’re starting out, you don’t want to invest a lot in your tools, so you want to choose social media tools that are cheap or free. Ease of...
A techsperiment that puts family tech use in a new light

A techsperiment that puts family tech use in a new light

Last week we conducted a techsperiment on eliminating gadgets from our family time: we swore off using iPhones, iPads and computers from the time we got home (5 or 6) until the time the kids were asleep (8 or 9). We did pretty well during the week, and discovered that...
The 10 lies of working late

The 10 lies of working late

It’s not late if you’re not tired. It’s not work if you’re in bed. It’s not late if your friends are still online. It’s not work if it’s blogging. It’s not late if you like working at this hour. It’s not work if...
Tips for avoiding social media compulsion

Tips for avoiding social media compulsion

Chris Brogan’s blog post, Your Blog is Not Your Job, contains some great tips on how keep blogging and social media from overtaking your primary work and focus. These include: Use an egg timer. If you’re going to venture out onto Twitter, time it. Keep a sticky...
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