Mission Accomplished

Liz Sumner Service, Tech 1 Comment

I’m trying to make sense of the strong emotions I feel about the Mars rovers. I don’t remember hearing that Spirit went offline in 2010, and I didn’t realize that Opportunity stopped communicating last June. Appropriately it came to rest in an area called Perseverance Valley. I do remember watching the coverage when Spirit landed in 2004. Can you imagine …

Batch Work and Experimentation

Liz Sumner Experiment, Productivity 1 Comment

A freelance writer emailed me yesterday. Here’s what she said and my response: I found you through an Inc. article you were quoted in and reached out because I’m hoping you’ll contribute to my next article. Here’s my topic: why you should try batch working, or why focusing on one thing for a sustained period of time is the best …

Buona Befana

Liz Sumner Wisdom Leave a Comment

In Italy, especially this region, Le Marche, they celebrate Befana on January 6th. She’s pictured as an old crone covered in soot who comes down the chimney on the eve of Epiphany and leaves gifts or lumps of coal for the children. She sweeps away the old year and its problems with her broom.  As with many other festas there’s …

Why Chores Are So Hard

Liz Sumner Procrastination, Productivity 3 Comments

This week I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Amanda Mull, staff writer for The Atlantic, a publication I greatly admire. She was writing a piece on procrastination, a subject on which I have lifelong expertise. Not all of my nuggets of wisdom made it into the finished article so I thought I’d share them here. Amanda posed the …