Work

How can I achieve my personal goals when I commute and work long hours?

I had another great question come in from a reader this week. I’d like to address reader questions more frequently, so please, send them in! This reader is in his early 30s and would like to figure out his long-term career path. He currently supervises counselors who work with children with special needs. The challenge is that these kids and counselors are i… read more »

What I’m working on (and potentially hiring)

I have a few pieces in the hopper that I welcome help with (and I have the need for some contractors; see last paragraph). First up, I often repeat my glib productivity advice that you want to match your most important task to your most productive time. But what is that most important task? While “prep for meeting with CEO” is probably a bigger priority than e… read more »

Battling time warriors: What strategies do you suggest?

A reader describes a situation: He works for a company that talks a good game on flexibility and diversity (it makes various magazine lists). It’s also full of competitive, over-achieving types. This reader would like to have a full life outside of work. But he can’t shake the suspicion that some of his colleagues are deliberately competing with time. F… read more »

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 »