Tag: time management

Project Management for Writers: the 6+2 Week Goal Cycle (with printable template)

If you’re like me, you find the project management side of creative work to be… Wait, what’s project management? My point exactly. For years, I’ve been trying to find a project management strategy that worked. Planning on a yearly or quarterly basis was futile because they were too long–I was constantly changing course or reconsidering…
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5 Things I Do at the Beginning of Every Year

In her book Happier than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses the strategy of new beginnings as a way to set ourselves up for success in starting or maintaining good habits. According to this rationale, new beginnings (like a new job, new school year, or move to a new house) meaningfully interrupt old routines and thus provide an…
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My 3 Time-Management Tweaks

I recently got to be on a panel at the monthly program for Editors Toronto, the local branch of the national editing association in Canada (Editors Canada). The topic was how to manage time as busy editors. In my talk, I shared three of the most useful tweaks I apply to time-management in my own…
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Tracking Time, Day 1: Lessons in Life, Mortality, Stress, and Faith

For me, time-management has always been much more of an existential ordeal than is suggested by the neat and tidy to-do lists I’m fond of making. In fact, I have a whole other blog that is solely devoted to the theology of time. There, I plumb the spiritual and historical depths of what living in…
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Announcing my book: Time and Despondency!

Guess what? I’m writing a book! It’s about despondency, a sickness of the mind and the soul that ancient theologians termed akedia (acedia), which literally means “carelessness.” In despondency, our souls grow slack and we lose the ability to care and put a meaningful effort forth, particularly in the spiritual life. Although much has been written about this…
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Better Mornings than Before

Monday marked the start of an intentional plan to revamp my morning routine. It all started when a friend and I started reading through Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a perceptive exploration of the art of changing and mastering habits. What sets Rubin’s book apart from other works I’ve read on the topic is she…
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The Evolution of Time Management, Part 2

In my last post, I introduced you to some of the ways I’ve addressed time management in my professional life. For me, and I think for most people, time management is a work-in-progress. We’ve never fully arrived, and we’re always finding new ways to streamline things. In the last post, I left off when I…
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The Evolution of Time Management, Part 1

Over the years, I’ve implemented several different ways to keep track of tasks. I’ve recently made yet another tweak to my system and it’s been a bit of a struggle. First, though, some context… I’ve always been a fan of the standard to-do list—there’s something so crisp and consolidating about a well-written list. Somewhere in…
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