Category: Workplace

Easing back in

Last week at the beach went slowly. This is neither complaint nor marveling. We filled the days, and memories, both good and bad, make time stretch in retrospect. I was also awake a lot, so in that sense, I experienced more of my 168 hours than normal. That is one way to make a vacation last longer. I know by this point that vacations in the toddler stage are not goin… read more »

The productivity strategy you do not need to feel guilty about

When people track time, they discover all kinds of things, but one of the most common is that they do not work as many hours as they think they do. We (and I include myself in this statement after analyzing my 8784 hours -- yes, I overestimated too!) have a tendency to remember our busiest weeks as typical. Not only that, our mental image of a typical week does not in… read more »

How to never check email in the morning (while still checking email in the morning)

If you are a fan of all things time management, then you are probably familiar with Julie Morgenstern. Her best known book, Never Check E-mail in the Morning, remains a classic primer on how to make work work better. Partly because of its influence, the question of whether you check email in the morning gets bandied about a lot in anything on morning routines (e… read more »

When the world plays telephone with ideas

A few years ago, I was attending a conference with many HR types. My breakout group was chatting about women and advancement. One woman, describing her programs, asked me "Do you know the difference between mentorship and sponsorship?" I mentioned that I had recently interviewed Sylvia Ann Hewlett. She is the researcher who did the work that popularized th… read more »

Reader question: I am unhappy in my job. What should I do with my life?

Our reader question this week comes from a woman we will call Wanda. She works full-time for a smallish firm, managing HR (among other things). The job is incredibly flexible. She knows how to do it well and efficiently. Indeed, she has managed to work out an arrangement where she works from home two days a week, but she does not work much on those days. She does al… read more »