Career

Snow days, time management, and chess

When our school district calls a snow day, the phone no longer rings at 5:30 a.m. Apparently they got a lot of complaints about the old rise-and-shine robo-call system. Now, if the district makes a game time decision to cancel classes, they just email us. But they’ve been emailing us a lot this winter. And that has reminded me of something I first realized a fe… read more »

Doing what you love is not always a completely awful financial strategy

There’s been a lot written lately about the danger of doing what you love (“DWYL”). Miya Tokumitsu floated the anti-DWYL thesis in Slate in January, noting that DWYL’s “real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace.” DailyWorth picked up on the piece in an essay called “Why Doing What You Love… read more »

Who really works from home, or not from home, as the case may be

There’s a certain narrative surrounding “telecommuting” that goes like this: moms who want a better work-life balance — which is code for “want to work less” — negotiate to work from home. Given that it’s a negotiation, the prevailing wisdom is that they should give up something: pay, prestige, advancement opportunities, etc.… read more »

#MAKERS2014 and the question of conferences

I spent the first part of this week at the MAKERS conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The conference, which arose out of a documentary project telling the stories of trailblazing women, offered a good excuse to get out of snowy Philadelphia and into a lovely resort on the Pacific Ocean.
It was also one of the most star-studded, yet intimate conferences I hav… read more »

Don’t write off your Mondays

Confession time: I really like Mondays. Partly that’s because I love what I do. But I also find Monday to be a very productive day. I often schedule my most important tasks for first thing Monday morning, and I try to get through a big chunk of my week’s goals by Monday quitting time. Indeed — a downside of this Monday devotion — if I lose a chunk of… read more »