Whiteboards and Writing Upside Down

There was a woman I knew in graduate school who could read upside down. Which is a pretty useful skill for a labor negotiator, especially in the days when a lot of the people assumed that the young woman across the table from them was “just a girl.”...

Timing Your Commute

Do you time your commute? My latest Workshifting post is up, and it’s about what happens when you actually have to leave your home office (or your favorite coffeehouse): The only problem with short commutes is not having one.   My commute is 10 feet. I get up,...

Is Telework a Trend in Waiting?

A new study of workshifting in the United States reveals big growth in the last couple of years–but the percentage of Americans who telework remains very small. The State of Telework in the U.S. focuses specifically on people who work at home at least part time...

Give Yourself Permission to be Unproductive

You know those days when you’re hopelessly unproductive? Endurance runners talk about hitting “the wall.” It’s slow, it’s painful, it’s really annoying — and it’s unproductive. Workers have a wall too, that moment when...

Can You Work Without a Net?

I’ve been pondering routines lately: why you need them and when to break free. In a recent Workshifting post, I explored the paradox of the flexible routine: Working from home (or anywhere else you choose) isn’t about avoiding routine–it’s...