Work

How do you spend the first hour of your work day?

When I look at time logs, I see that many of us have work-starting rituals. We get to our computers and do something: check email, check certain blogs or websites. We may start figuring out what to work on of the day’s priorities, but at some point, meeting or phone call #1 starts, and then the time after that gets chopped up.
We probably need some kind of ritual t… read more »

Labor Day, the 47-hour work week, and the problem with polls

How many hours do you work per week?
It seems like a straightforward question, and yet it’s less clear than it seems. For instance, which week? This week? Many Americans have today, Monday, off, so this isn’t a “typical” week. But what is a typical week?
I was thinking about this question when I read the results of a recent Gallup Poll. According to the L… read more »

My work/life balance, or working on the weekend while on vacation

I spent much of this afternoon (Saturday) working. I’m at the beach for the last two weeks of August, but I have little things going on here and there that I like to stay on top of.
In one narrative of life, working on weekends is bad, and working on vacations is bad, so working on vacation weekends must be doubly bad. And yet from a balance perspective, I think thi… read more »

Childcare costs, or why money matters

Get Rich Slowly tackled one of my favorite topics this week: the economics of childcare. It’s not a favorite topic because it is fun. Far from it. Indeed, it’s often depressing. However, it can lead to a useful discussion of how choices need to be considered not just in the moment, but in the long term. (I’m quoted to this effect in the original post).
Here… read more »

The childcare dilemma: Working from home (or not) with minimal coverage

I worked from home today in the way that I know many parents do regularly. I had preschool hours, potentially nap time, and what I could squeeze in. It wasn’t a bad day, but it reminded me why I don’t attempt this more regularly.
Our nanny is on vacation this week. My parents had been here to cover while my husband and I were both traveling, but then they left. Th… read more »