Category: Career

The hard truth about becoming a work-at-home parent

Crystal Paine is known online as the “Money Saving Mom.” The focus of her site is deals and sales, but her new book coming out next month has a different twist. It’s called Money Making Mom, and taps into a particular economic and cultural phenomenon that’s worth examining. Here are some realities. Middle-class incomes have been stagnant (if not dec… read more »

Edison Talk: A recap

I’ve been trying to better my game in the speaking category lately, and Friday I got to do some things that would have been tough for me a few years ago. It all went well, which was encouraging. I was chosen as an “Edison Talk” speaker for Chicago Ideas Week. (Others included Sal Khan, Michael Strahen, The Brain host David Eagleman, and Judy Smith of Scanda… read more »

Can you really spend just 20 hours a week on core production?

I’ve been writing about how to construct the perfect 40-hour workweek. (Key line: create a career that’s on fire without you getting burned out!). I was even quoted in a WSJ article this week on companies that are enforcing a firm 40-hour workweek. Any job has the “stuff” of the work, and the soft side. The soft side includes building connections, inv… read more »

The rhythm of business travel

This fall I’m traveling more than usual to talk about I Know How She Does It and time management in general. Work travel adds a degree of complexity into family life, but the good news is that since I work for myself, I have control over when and how I do it. Some events are on certain days, but I can always decline an invitation. Or sometimes people are flexible on… read more »

Unfinished business

My review of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book, Unfinished Business, ran in today’s Wall Street Journal. (If you are not a WSJ subscriber, you can try Googling "The Other Princeton Mom" and WSJ -- yes, that's what the Journal called the review!). Slaughter’s 2012 essay for The Atlantic on "Why Women Still Can’t Have It All" was read close to 3 million t… read more »