Articles by veronica


"For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have."

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

August 22, 2012 ·


40 Hours: Enforce It

The 40-hour work week has been getting some great publicity lately: This comprehensive article by Sara Robinson of AlterNet was picked up by Laura Vanderkam writes in the Wall Street Journal that we don’t work as hard as we think we do anthologized, stating: The clear takeaway here is to stop staying at ... Read More »

April 12, 2012 ·


The Time Log: How Ctrl-Q Changed My Life

To prepare for our upcoming time management training series, I’m using myself as the guinea pig. So I’m adopting some new habits to keep my days in line with my plans. Back when I was a full-time freelance writer, I created a spreadsheet that I could use as my own personal timesheet. For each activity ... Read More »

March 29, 2012 ·


The “Overwhelm” Thread

Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed. And I said to myself, “Self, you help others with productivity. What would you tell me to do to escape the awful, paralyzing feeling?” And Self just had the same old answers, many of which involved food. So I went to my network on Facebook and posed this question: “How ... Read More »

February 29, 2012 ·

Best Business Habits

4 Big Lies: A Consultant’s Dilemma

I’ll be the first to admit how working on the “4 Big Lies” webinar exposed the ways that I have bought in to the 4 Big Lies. I will only speak for myself–Judy’s experience may be different. I’ll claim that I worked too many extra hours on our presentation. Was it overwork? Overkill? Dedicating my ... Read More »

January 11, 2012 ·

Taking Back Time

Would-be guru, a bit off center

Multitasking: Some Folks Do

Are you a multitasker? Is it working well for you? We're very interested in what makes multitasking effective for some people. Or for others, is it just busyness, which gives people the illusion of effectiveness?

December 20, 2011 ·


Fruition Factors: Taking Back Time, Big Time

Something is missing among the reams of productivity literature out there. So we are pulling out the most meaningful principles, and delivering them weekly. Sign up for Fruition Factors (see sidebar, right) and let's see if we can change the world of work.

November 23, 2011 ·


Time management ... if it can be managed.

How to Take Back Time #4: Singletask Radically

Singletasking is the opposite of the much-revered practice of multitasking. Singletasking preserves the brain and increases productivity, but doing it within our current work culture is nothing short of radical. We’ve blogged extensively on this topic already in our Busting the Myths of Multi-Tasking Series. That series made me conscious of how much I try to ... Read More »

October 31, 2011 ·

Best Business Habits

How To Take Back Time #3: Be a Time Tightwad

When our currency is time, instead of money, we don't name our terms, and we end up throwing good time after bad.

October 20, 2011 ·

Taking Back Time

How to Take Back Time, #2c: Delegating for Solos

What if I'm a solopreneur? How do I know when it's time to bring on help?

October 17, 2011 ·