Work

Is it better than driving a taxi?

Every list has its charm and idiocy, and the US News annual list of the 100 best jobs is no exception. The list attempts to rank jobs according to some mix of demand, salary, and satisfaction. Hence nursing or being a physician’s assistant score very high, whereas writing does not. Indeed, while being a receptionist or a taxi driver make the list, becoming a w… read more »

Guest post: How to make the ultimate to-do list

(Laura’s note: I’ll be running the occasional guest post over the next few weeks. If you have a post you’d like to suggest, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).
by Paula Rizzo
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by your list and ignore it. But I want to tell you how to make the ultimate to-do list and stick to it, and I can do that with a list.… read more »

Do it anyway, redux

Last month I wrote about a solo, Saturday night trip into NYC to see a concert. I was tired, the weather was cold and rainy, and it would have been easier not to go. But I’ve been trying to follow the mantra to do it anyway (most of the time at least). If I’ve planned something fun in my life, then I need to remind the experiencing self that the remembering self des… read more »

Unmet and mismatched expectations, or getting him to take your career seriously

I’ve had several people send me articles about new research on Harvard Business School women, and the various factors that might have held back their careers (here’s one from the New York Times).
The upshot: female graduates and male graduates have equal ambitions. This is true even after the graduates start families. But over time, women are less like… read more »

How to eat ‘slim by design’ (or not) when you work at home

I recently read Brian Wansink’s Slim by Design. Wansink wrote Mindless Eating a few years ago, based on his research finding people will eat giant vats of stale popcorn if they’re not paying attention. Subtly changing the layouts of kitchens and cafeterias can greatly increase the chances that people take healthy fare rather than the less healthy fare… read more »