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Feel Too Busy And Overworked? 3 Life-Changing Tips

Feel Too Busy And Overworked? 3 Life-Changing Tips

There was a time, not so long ago, when I was busy, busy, busy. At least I thought I was. I told people I worked 60 hours a week. I claimed to sleep six hours a night. As I lamented to anyone stuck next to me at parties, I was basically too busy to breathe. Me time? Ha! Read More »

How An Extra 30 Minutes A Day At Work Catapults Careers

How An Extra 30 Minutes A Day At Work Catapults Careers

Long-time readers of my articles know that I have a favorite data set: The American Time Use Survey. This annual study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics asks thousands of Americans to keep track of their time. Because it is broad, and based on actual days, as opposed to how people recollect "typical" days,... Read More »

A Man Who Prefers The 'Mommy Track'

A Man Who Prefers The 'Mommy Track'

Annie Marie Slaughter's article in the current Atlantic titled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" had a familiar ring - hauntingly so. More than two decades ago, the Harvard Business Review published an article titled "Management Women and the New Facts of Life," which made many of the same arguments that... Read More »

Your Boss Is Spying On You, What To Do About It

Your Boss Is Spying On You, What To Do About It

By Donna Fuscaldo Your boss may be spying on you and chances are you'll never know it. From keystroke loggers to hidden cameras, employers around the country use different tactics to keep tabs on their employees, all of which are perfectly legal if you're using the company's gear. "In large companies it's... Read More »

The Morning Routines Of Successful People

The Morning Routines Of Successful People

It's a constant lament from people with long hours and commutes: I want more time for myself. I want time to exercise or do creative work, but when I come home from my job, I'm spent. On weekends I do all the chores I don't have time for during the week. Where's the time for things I find meaningful -- but... Read More »

10 Most Common Ways People Waste Time

10 Most Common Ways People Waste Time

By Alison Green Working from home might sound like a dream come true when you consider the prospect of having no commute, working in sweatpants, and doing laundry in the background. But it isn't easy; it takes discipline and structure, and it's not for everyone. Read More »

Get A Life Makeover This Summer

Get A Life Makeover This Summer

Summer is nearly upon us again. Though this season is a little less of a break when you're a grown-up than when you're a kid, it still feels different. You can be outside more. You can use the longer evenings to squeeze more life out of each day. Routines change, opening up an opportunity for rethinking how... Read More »

How To Tell Your 'Story' In A Job Interview

How To Tell Your 'Story' In A Job Interview

By Vickie Elmer Not everything you present in the job interview must come directly from your work experience. Sometimes a great story and a great skill springs from your personal life. The trick is to choose the right attribute – and then present it well, so that it seems relevant to success at the job... Read More »

14 Ways To Manage (And Manipulate) A Difficult Boss

14 Ways To Manage (And Manipulate) A Difficult Boss

By Monica Wofford If your boss over delegates, micromanages, vanishes when you need him, screams like a banshee or flings coffee mugs at you, you know you need to do something. But what, and how? Here are 14 ways to deal with difficult behavior and in some cases, even make it disappear. Read More »

Mother's Day: Is Motherhood Really A Job?

Mother's Day: Is Motherhood Really A Job?

Every year in time for Mother's Day, Salary.com produces a figure showing how much you'd have to pay for the job of "mom." The answer is always in the six-figures for stay-at-home moms. It is based on mothers' estimates of how much time they spend doing various tasks, which -- like all time-use estimates -- tend... Read More »

Female Execs Horrified By Former GE CEO's Comments

Female Execs Horrified By Former GE CEO's Comments

Is Jack Welch, the former General Electric CEO, a timeless seer or an out-of-date warhorse? The Wall Street Journal recently posed that question, but the the answer is simple: He's an out-of-date warhorse. The occasion for the question was a Journal-sponsored conference on Women in the Economy. Welch doesn't... Read More »

Could Having Kids Lead To More Job Opportunities?

Could Having Kids Lead To More Job Opportunities?

I was taking a survey a few months ago, when I came across a question: How has having children affected your career? The choices were along the lines of "a huge impact," "a fair amount," "a small amount" or "not at all." Assuming that this question was assessing the degree of negative impact, I answered "a... Read More »

The Best Way To Boost Your Productivity

The Best Way To Boost Your Productivity

Working overtime doesn't increase your output. It makes you stupid. Many of us still imagine that the more we work, the more productive we are. For over a hundred years or more, this has been deemed nonsense. Read More »

When CEOs Act 'Immorally': Should Employers Butt Out?

When CEOs Act 'Immorally': Should Employers Butt Out?

By Jennifer Booton Spurred by technological innovation that is causing even the most sacred private activities to potentially be blown into the spotlight, the once-rigid line between the personal and professional lives of workers is becoming increasingly blurred. While it may be easy to comprehend how the... Read More »

Politically Incorrect Way To Get Work-Life Balance

Politically Incorrect Way To Get Work-Life Balance

I'm not a big fan of the phase "work-life balance." It implies that the two concepts (work and life) take up equal space, which is not the case for most people. With 168 hours a week, if you sleep 8 per night (56 per week) that leaves 112 for other things. You'd need to be working 56 hours per week for work... Read More »

Get Ahead At Work, Even When You Don't Have Time To Shmooze

Get Ahead At Work, Even When You Don't Have Time To Shmooze

A while ago, I read a piece in the Wall Street Journal called "When Happy Hour Isn't An Option, Finding Time to Network." The author, Katherine Rosman, wrote that since she lived an hour from her job, she raced home just in time to get her kids to bed. But since she did this every night, she missed out on... Read More »

Working Too Hard To Make A Living? Tips That Could Change Your Life

Working Too Hard To Make A Living? Tips That Could Change Your Life

Most of us with full-time jobs don't work nearly as hard as we think we do. Very few people who claim to work 80, 90 or 100 hours a week actually log that kind of time. But in the course of asking people to record the 168 hours we all have each week for my book on time management, I did come across one woman... Read More »

Unexpected Traps To Part-Time Jobs

Unexpected Traps To Part-Time Jobs

When I was writing a book on time management several years ago, I had dozens of people keep logs of their time. Paula, a Nashville mom of a preschooler who was also launching her own business, requested a time makeover. Her husband is an airline pilot, so he was often on the road. She was feeling like she... Read More »

Google vs. Facebook: Guess Which Employees Are Happier In 2012? [Infographic]

Google vs. Facebook: Guess Which Employees Are Happier In 2012? [Infographic]

For the past few years, the employer of choice seemed to be Facebook. Read More »

Why It's Still So Hard To Find Work-Life Balance  [Infographic]

Why It's Still So Hard To Find Work-Life Balance [Infographic]

As the hullabaloo over last week's introduction of the latest iPad electronic tablet from Apple Inc. shows, Americans love their mobile devices. Especially for work. Eighty-three percent of office workers recently polled said that they regularly work from home or a location other than their office, with 46... Read More »

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