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Building Your House of Productivity: “Walls” and “Layout” (Part 2 of 4)

As I promised a couple of weeks ago, it’s time to start building your metaphorical “House of Productivity” (or HOP) so you can have a more enjoyable, sane, and fruitful autumn. (Go here for more on why I’m talking about productivity now.) Today we’ll go over the first two crucial ingredients: the metaphorical walls, roof…

Building A House of Productivity (Part 1):

A Fall-Proof Plan for Avoiding Overwhelm and Burnout   The end of August…summer seems to be ending suddenly as we gear up for the new season and school year. It’s a time of half hope and half dread—what we put off during summer needs finishing, or more likely, we might be about to start something—a…

Post-Snooze-Button Wake-up Call

Or, Close Encounters of the Bird Kind Lying in bed after hitting my snooze button this morning, through the window I heard a familiar sound from my childhood: “chirpety-chirpety-chirpety-chirp.” I don’t know the kind of bird who sings this, and it’s not even one of my favorite bird calls, but as I began to listen…