Category: Jobs

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 »

The internship skill I use daily

It’s intern season, which means that offices everywhere are filled with an uncharacteristic number of young people seeing what office life is all about. No wonder record numbers of young people want to start their own businesses! In all seriousness, I did a number of internships back in the day at media outlets. I still write for two of them (Fortune and USA… read more »

Do kids make you more productive?

Several alert readers sent me KJ Dell’Antonia’s Motherlode post on a study finding that academic economists with 2+ children were more productive than those without kids. There was a productivity hit when the kids were little, but overall productivity, as measured in journal publications, stayed elevated despite those dips. Women with kids, incid… read more »

Networking without really meaning to

Dorie Clark is an excellent networker. The author of the new book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, she seems to know everyone, and she introduces people too. I’ve now been to two of her business book author dinners, one in NYC, and one in Philly. The Philly one was my maiden voyage out of the house after giving birth t… read more »

Do billable hours lead to unhappiness?

I’ve spoken with groups of lawyers, and groups that include lawyers, several times. I mention the idea of keeping a time log. I point out that people are no doubt familiar with the concept, and keeping a time log just means “billing” your personal time like your work time. Inevitably, someone will tell me that if she had to keep track of her personal time l… read more »