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The Truth About “Shadow Work”: Productivity.

You used to pay someone to perform services you now do yourself. “Historically,” Dr. Lambert writes,”automation has eliminated jobs at the point of production, e.g., in factories. Shadow work instead deletes jobs at the point of sale, e.g., at drug store checkouts.”

This “Time Management Ninja” Post is Too Good Not To Reprint in Full.

No. 1,109 10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Time Management by Greg Jarrow of Time Management Ninja Last week at a conference, I was approached by a TMN reader who asked me, “Can you give me a quick tip to improve my time management?” I felt like a comedian put on the spot with the cliché, […]

Text Messages as Evidence — how to do it and how not to do it.

I use the instant message feature on my computer to display one or more messages on my desktop computer screen. Then I take and save a screen shot and save it to the desktop or a file. I can then print it out. The text is dated. You can also copy it to an email and send it to yourself or anyone else.

The Cost of Time

No. 1,053 We seem to have an endless supply of it, but this is only an illusion. Time, from our individual perspective, is scarce.  Scarcity increases value. If we are to spend time wisely, we must constantly remind ourselves of this truth. If we can figure out how to achieve a benefit in less time, we […]

Graphic of the Week: Busy Bee by Time Management Ninja.

No. 1,049

FOR LAWYERS — Book Review: “Legal Rainmaking Myths: What You Think You Know About Business Development Can Kill Your Practice.” By Julie A. Fleming, J. D.

No. 1,005 Julie A. Fleming is a legal marketing guru who used to practice law.  She wrote  “The Reluctant Rainmaker”  with the lawyer in mind who cringes at the idea of looking for business.  Her second book, “Seven Foundations of Time Mastery for Attorneys” recognizes that lawyers have unique productivity problems which require unique solutions. […]

Wall Sign of the Week

No. 941 Time Magazine’s cover story was about Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, who recently published a book called “Leaning In”, which analyzes the reasons why, in her opinion, the progress of women in the workplace has stalled.  Sandberg has the reputation of a super achiever, so her ideas are worth something. A sign on […]

An Ordinary Morning.

No. 937 9:00  Checked email 9:10  Took telephone call 9:11 Proofread letter while finishing call 9:15 Started meeting 9:40 Took Telephone call 10:12  Ended meeting 10:15 Started 10’clock meeting 10:45  Took telephone call 11:00  Checked email 11:45  Finished meeting What’s wrong here?  Click here to find out. Thanks to the Time Management Ninja.

Confronting Our Fears

No. 922 The Wall Street Journal ran a piece this weekend about what the stoic philosophers of antiquity called the negative path to happiness. As many people have found, reality is not nearly as bad as the worst case we imagine.  The WSJ piece will take only a few minutes to read.  Better than a few […]

Thinking Time.

No. 902 Opportunities to think: 1.  Driving.  [Turn off the radio.  Stay off the phone.] 2.  Taking a walk. 3.  Standing in line. 4.  Lying in bed while falling asleep. 5.  Doing routine housework and cleaning. CLT  

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.


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