Category: Career

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 »

Conquer the world in 40 hours a week

I’ve been somewhat obsessed lately with the idea of “maximum sustainable progress.” Some people’s careers are not just productive but prolific. How do they structure their time to sustain productivity over the long haul? I suspect they work long-but-reasonable hours, and use those hours incredibly well. This got me thinking about what I would i… read more »