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How do you draw a line between work and home when your living room is also your workplace?

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In my last post I offered five principles for reframing the way you think about work and home — including the important idea that you can aim for work-life integration rather than work-life balance. Here are 6 tactics for putting that into practice:

Look for opportunities to engage your kids, partner, friends or roommates in your working life. (Just take care not to violate any confidentiality agreements!) Maybe your kids can help illustrate your PowerPoint decks, earn extra allowance with a tedious data entry task, or give you a young person’s perspective on a new product or marketing campaign. …


I want us back in the office. Am I a good or bad manager?

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Our company began the full work-from-home a little over a year ago, in March 2020. When it started, we anticipated that we would all be home for a couple of weeks until “this whole coronavirus thing blows over.” Instead, it’s more than a year later, and we are only beginning to discuss the basics of moving back into the office.

Online, there’s a lot of discussion among software engineers, programmers, and everyone else who has shifted to full work from home (WFH) about when — if — they want to go back to the office. …


Preserve your well-being, avoid burnout, and eat a cake

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I’m a product director at a corporate financial tech company. Which means I bloody love a TLA (three-letter acronym). Yes, I know the fact that I wrote an acronym about an acronym is lame. I am lame.

One concept that’s thrown around regularly is the MVP, or minimum viable product. The term originates from The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, who describes an MVP as “[the] version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.”

The whole point of an MVP is to get something very…


How reducing my workweek by 20% had an expansive impact on my life

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I started working four days per week by accident.

In March 2020, my then-employer was cutting back in the early days of the pandemic, and everyone in the company was asked to reduce their hours. At the time, I considered myself lucky that I was only asked to reduce one day per week’s pay, when some of my former colleagues were asked to sacrifice much more.

But now, a year on, a consider myself lucky for another reason: I’ve discovered that working four days a week instead of five is transformative. I had no idea that reducing my working week…


Working from home has meant a lot more working from phones. Cell phones are a powerful tool if we can manage them.

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Sometimes when I lie in bed on a weekday morning and am invited to a way too early meeting, I don’t bother to get up and move to my desk just yet. Instead, I reach for my phone, connect my headphones, take a deep breath, and bring my pillow to work.

If the meeting lasts, I can take it with me while I make my bed, get dressed, and begin to go about my day. Then at noon, I dash to the grocery store, finding the fresh air helps me digest the early meeting. All the while, my communication with…


An illustration of a woman holding a cup of coffee and looking at her computer late at night.
An illustration of a woman holding a cup of coffee and looking at her computer late at night.
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One year later, an army of remote workers are still making rookie mistakes that lead to burnout

On March 18, 2005, I cleaned out my desk at Registered Rep. magazine, the financial publication I was (I can admit it now) a rather terrible business reporter for, and left a job I’d held for two years. I didn’t leave on bad terms. I liked all my co-workers and there were no sour feelings, but I also didn’t have another job set up. I just knew I wasn’t a very good business reporter, my boss agreed with me, and thus we went our separate ways. I turned in my key card, filled out some paperwork with HR, and hit…

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