Archive for August, 2009

How I Organize Project Notes

Posted on August 31, 2009 by

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am lucky that my work is very structured. Work comes to me in discreet chunks that are tracked in an external system. Each chunk has a name and reference number that is used from the start of the project to its closing. […]

Continue Reading

Children, Allowances and Chores

Posted on August 28, 2009 by

My daughter, now 7, has discovered the power of money. She is very aware, thanks to my hiatus from employment last year, that money buys things, and we have to make choices on how we spend our money. She is not exempt from the gimmes, though. Tired of the barrages […]

Continue Reading

What I Do to Recharge…Offline

Posted on August 27, 2009 by

A friend of mine, also a programmer, asked me what I do to recharge. He was saying that he naturally gravitated back to the computer during his “down time.” I find it very easy to drift back onto the computer as well, but I find that being on the computer […]

Continue Reading

Getting Rid of Commitments

Posted on August 26, 2009 by

A reader asked about how to analyze and get rid of commitments that are taking up your time. It’s a hard proposition: we are pulled in so many directions, and many of us really want to actively contribute to many of our commitments. However, we are still over-scheduled and over-committed […]

Continue Reading

Open Loops 8/25/2009: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on August 25, 2009 by

Tuesdays are open loop at SimpleProductivity blog. Far too often in the quest for frugality, I am asked about certain purchases, which looked at on a price basis alone seem to say “not frugal”. The actual truth is that I go for the best quality I can afford. A good […]

Continue Reading

Report: Weekends on my terms

Posted on August 24, 2009 by

Back in May, I talked about how I could get to my ideal weekend (see Life Design 101: Getting To My Ideal Weekend). I talked about how I was going to have weekends on my terms. This involved some shifting of activities, and conscious choices on my part, but I […]

Continue Reading

How I Use Outook To Manage Our Calendars

Posted on August 21, 2009 by

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. It’s been a hassle to try and get our family schedules in one place. In order to know where everyone needs to be, we have a family calendar (see Setting Up A Family Scheduling Station). But keeping that calendar up to date has […]

Continue Reading

Mulligans on days

Posted on August 20, 2009 by

You oversleep, trip over the dog as you stumble to the bathroom, get soap in your eyes, put on clothing you realize was stained after you get to work, yell at the kids, miss the train, get soaked by a passing car… We’ve all had days like that, where things […]

Continue Reading