Category: Work

12 strategies for freelance success

Someone asked me about my work history the other day, and I remembered that I haven't had a "real" job since 2002. And even that was a part-time job to supplement my freelancing. My business has gone through various versions over the years. At the beginning it was more articles and books, these days it's books and speaking (and a lot fewer articles - though sti… read more »

How to leave the office at 5 p.m. (guilt free!)

When it's dark and sleeting, an evening at the office doesn't sound so bad. But with May almost here, and the days getting longer and warmer, many of us start to feel restless. Enjoying an evening outside can feel like a vacation in the middle of the week. There's just the matter of getting out of the office on time. As I study people's time logs, I see a phenomenon t… read more »

The calendar meeting

In any household of more than one person, there will be a lot of moving parts. There are things that have to happen, and then things that you might want to have happen, but need input on from other people. Everyone in my household is plunging into our "busy" time right now, with spring sports going, end-of-year concerts and the like beginning, and the conferen… read more »

“I’ve NEVER met a mom who said she wished she’d worked more”

Most people who post comments on this blog do so on the most recent posts. But sometimes someone finds a post from past years floating around the internet somewhere, and the person wanders here to leave a comment. When I'm moderating comments I see them in the order they come in, so this one, excerpted in the title, was on top of the queue yesterday. The comment… read more »

How to end an email (if you want a reply)

How do you end your emails? It turns out some closers are more likely to get a response than others. Boomerang, an email app that allows you to schedule and manage messages, analyzed thousands of messages sent to twenty different online communities. While some people have their own unique closers, certain phrases appear far more often than others: best, sin… read more »