Category: Workplace

How one lawyer plans to get back on the fast track after a few slow years

Careers have peaks and troughs. Many people decide to “park it” for a few years while caring for children or elderly parents, or while dealing with a health issue or a boss who inspires hunkering down. But at some point the situation can change. So how do you show you’re back in the game? I asked this question on the blog a few weeks ago. I thought one of the re… read more »

Reader question: Get the nose ring?

I got a more unusual reader question recently. This woman (late 30s, married, 3 kids) was pondering getting a nose ring, “a tiny stud, not a bovine ring.” She noted that “My husband objects strongly for several reasons, one of which is that I will be seen as unprofessional and not serious. Does it matter these days? Especially since mine will be so subtle… read more »

When the meetings pile up

When I tell people I write about time management and productivity, they often assume that I schedule something every minute of the day. This is not true. I may be a "J" in the Myers-Briggs taxonomy, but I love completely open work days when I can work on whatever I want, whenever I want. With NaNoWriMo I've been trying to engineer more of those days, as my preferre… read more »

No one has to lean back

As I’ve been traveling to a somewhat ridiculous number of places these past six weeks, I’ve gotten used to certain questions. People often ask how I came to the topic of time management (I really wish I had a better story). People ask if I discovered anything in my research for I Know How She Does It that surprised me (not on the big stuff. But I’ll throw some… read more »

The internship skill I use daily

It’s intern season, which means that offices everywhere are filled with an uncharacteristic number of young people seeing what office life is all about. No wonder record numbers of young people want to start their own businesses! In all seriousness, I did a number of internships back in the day at media outlets. I still write for two of them (Fortune and USA… read more »