Category: Jobs

Thinking of going part-time? Some questions to ask (and boundaries to draw)

If you've got young kids, making the pieces of work and life fit together can be challenging. That's why part-time work remains a popular option. Various Pew Research Center studies have found close to half of mothers would prefer to work part-time (note: that's not just moms working full time hours who want to scale down -- about four in ten stay-at-home… read more »

It is only a season

In a recent post, I asked for time management tips from accountants on how they handle busy season. I collected a lot of great tips, but I think the most profound, which I heard over and over, was to remember that it is just a season. To be sure, working 60-plus hours per week is no fun. And yes, it often is 60 hours. When I collected time logs for I Know How She Does It, I… read more »

Reader question: Flexible, well-paid job or an interesting job?

Our reader question this week comes from a woman with two young children who works in technology. Her high-paying job allowed her to work from home full-time with flexible hours. In other words, she had what many parents would view as a dream set-up. The problem? It was "work I could do in my sleep at this point," she says. She was bored. She was not feeling much op… read more »

How one lawyer plans to get back on the fast track after a few slow years

Careers have peaks and troughs. Many people decide to “park it” for a few years while caring for children or elderly parents, or while dealing with a health issue or a boss who inspires hunkering down. But at some point the situation can change. So how do you show you’re back in the game? I asked this question on the blog a few weeks ago. I thought one of the re… read more »

When the meetings pile up

When I tell people I write about time management and productivity, they often assume that I schedule something every minute of the day. This is not true. I may be a "J" in the Myers-Briggs taxonomy, but I love completely open work days when I can work on whatever I want, whenever I want. With NaNoWriMo I've been trying to engineer more of those days, as my preferre… read more »