How I Organize Project Notes

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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. I have worked out a […]

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Children, Allowances and Chores

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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 of requests, my husband and […]

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What I Do to Recharge…Offline

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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 at home after being on […]

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Getting Rid of Commitments

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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 and we need to cut […]

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Report: Weekends on my terms

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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 was determined to give it […]

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