Category: Workplace

Avoiding the mommy track

Different people react to parenthood different ways. Some new moms (and dads) want to dial things down professionally for a while. But others do not. Maybe they were on the fast track before and would like to stay on it. Others realize that kids are expensive and it would behoove them to get serious about landing that promotion (with the bigger paychecks). Wom… read more »

What to do when your colleagues do not care about their personal lives

I spoke to the Wharton Women in Business group yesterday. These ambitious women at one of the country's top business schools are always fun to meet with, and this year I decided to do my talk a little differently. Instead of giving my usual speech on time management tactics, I had four women track their time for a week. I talked with each by phone beforehand, and t… read more »

5 ways to hold the line at 40 hours

While many people think of a full-time job as 40 hours a week, white collar jobs can vary wildly in their requirements. In the past, there has often been little accountability, one way or the other. New labor regulations, however, are drastically changing who must be paid overtime for clocking more than 40 hours/week. The salary threshold used to be around $2… read more »

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 »