Productivity

What fits in 168 hours

I’ve had a good week. I usually do during my “birthday weeks” because I’m good about planning in fun stuff in both my work and personal life. I’m also good about not planning stuff I don’t want to do. There’s a lesson there.
Maybe I should do this more often.
It turns out you can fit a lot of cool things into 168 hours. Starting the Friday after Thanks… read more »

Satisficing, and the holiday party dress

My husband’s company has an annual holiday party. Every year around this time, I find myself remembering that I need some sort of festive cocktail party dress. So what do I do? More often than not, I wear the same one I wore the year before.
But this year, as I am attending what I think is my 10th office holiday party with him — and I realized I was going to pul… read more »

Update on my 2013 goals: The good, the bad, the unknowable

Last fall, I blogged about the performance review I wanted to give myself at the end of 2013. I had a few professional and personal goals that I wanted to accomplish this year. While the year is not yet over, I have a pretty good sense of what’s definitely happened, sort-of happened, and is unlikely to happen.
On the professional front, here’s what I sai… read more »

Not maxed out, and not on the brink

Several people have asked me about Katrina Alcorn’s new book. Called Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink, the book argues that society isn’t particularly supportive of parents. You’ll get no argument from me there. Of course, the book also gets at that through Alcorn’s own tale of how she couldn’t have it all. With 3 kids and a full-time job, nobo… read more »

Working on weekends

A little over a week ago, the news hit that Goldman Sachs was attempting to make life easier for its junior analysts. A key part of that? Trying to contain work within a 5-day workweek.
I think that’s probably a good idea. When weekend work is built into a place’s culture, and it’s not an organization that obviously needs to be open on weekend… read more »