How to use a checklist

For our newsletter’s latest book review, I take a look at The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.  Read my article first and then share your thoughts below. I’ve created or rewritten a number of checklists since reading the book.  Here are 2 that I use often when...

Fixed-schedule productivity

You know those half-days of work before you’re about to go on vacation? You show up to work, have to leave by noon, and have a lot of things to get done before you go — some of which you’ve been working on for weeks. It’s always amazed me how,...

Virtual interns

As we start recruiting for our first Marketade interns, this recent WSJ article on virtual internships caught my eye, and makes me wonder: for most internet-based small businesses, is it better to have an A-talent intern working remotely, or a B-talent intern working...

Digital handcuff tools

Ever since reading John Tierney’s article on the science of concentration and Rapt, the book it discusses, I’ve been very interested in finding ways to cut down on distractions and find large blocks of time to focus on one thing. So this recent NY Times...

Business owners and happiness

Sue Shellenbarger covers interesting findings from a new Gallup survey in her WSJ column:In the broadest, most-comprehensive survey yet of how occupation affects happiness, business owners outrank 10 other occupational groups in overall well-being, based on the...