Category: Productivity

  • Balancing Working from Home and Kids

    One of the reasons I wanted to be working for myself was so I could spend time with my future (at the time) children. My dad worked hard outside of the home and was gone for 12 hours a day, talking to him now that I’m an adult, he wishes he could have been around […]

  • What Does Productive Mean to you?

    On a recent members podcast Shawn talked about the type Z personality, from a post by Sarah Bray. The short version of her post is that she only works for 90 minutes a day. She divides that 90 minutes in to 15 minute blocks and devotes the first 4 to 4 items that are time…

  • Live Your Eulogy

    My friend Eric recently wrote about his quest to get the right fit in his life. It seems to me that he is trying to sort out the things that are most important to him and then set about doing them, and in theory, getting someone to pay him for it. Darryl at Loving the…

  • Multitasking is a Farce

    I don’t multitask, well not if I want to get anything of any real substance done with my time. If I want to waste time then I have Twitter and MailPlane and Linkinus open just to make sure that I can get distracted (wait ‘multitask) as often as possible. I’m still surprised how much of…

  • Maximize Team Productivity

    Really interesting article about making a team more productive. I would have totally thought the first assumption would produce a more productive team since each member can work on what they enjoy the most. Turns out I was wrong (which of course is the first time and don’t tell the wife). But our research has…

  • When to Go Freelance, and Leave Your Job

    Since I went left full time employment 3 years ago and started my own web consulting business (see not freelance) I’ve been asked many times how I determine the right time to leave the job and strike out on my own. For me I saved 3 months worth of money and then when I had…

  • Founders Can Easily Get in the Way of Good Business

    A local business I know [suffers][proc] from this greatly. but it’s often the case that owner-executives won’t do that because they believe they need to be involved in “essential” business processes. Never mind that they could always follow-up to customer care requests after they’ve been solved rather than being a bottleneck to the solution. It’s…

  • Using Omnifocus Appropriately

    For a long time I’ve been an OmniFocus user that drank the coolaid and put everything in to Omnifocus, no matter how small the idea was. Inspired by a Mac Power Users episode with Merlin Mann I’ve recently spent a bunch of time pulling information back out of OmniFocus though because it was just a…

  • Drawing a Line with Social Media

    It’s not news to anyone that social media is everywhere. We’re all on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Foursquare, Gowala…at what point does it all this sharing of our life become too much? How much do we let our personal and business life become intertwined? This is an especially poignant question for freelancers who do business under…

  • Push, a Productivity Killer

    As a person that runs my own business that has one employee (me) I’ve become painfully aware of the fact that I only earn money when I’m actually working, I trade my time for pay. I don’t have any viable means of earning residual income, it’s just a straight up trade. With that fact sitting…