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Social Versus Market Norms


I get asked for career advice all the time, and I’m happy to give it. It’s part of my job at CareerSource Northeast Florida, of course, but it’s also my personal mission to help as many people as possible find meaningful work and become successful. So I give my time freely, and for free (two … Continue reading

Your Job and a Hurricane


(This article first appeared in 2013 in my Times-Union employment column as Hurricane Irma approached Florida. My advice stands up well to the test of time. Whether it stands up to hurricane-force winds is yet to be seen.) As Hurricane Dorian approaches, most of us in Florida are making sensible preparations for keeping our family … Continue reading

Admin is Sticky


In a previous post, I wrote about how life admin causes conflict between partners, spouses, and roommates.  Nobody likes having to take on the boring, low (if any) satisfaction tasks like scheduling appointments, calling contractors, or finding a new cleaning service. Elizabeth Emens is the author of Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, … Continue reading

Life Admin


In a previous post, I write about the insidious creep of administrative work it takes to run a modern household. From scheduling appointments to paying bills, calling about repairs, and following up with kids’ activities, the never-ending to-do list that is life admin takes up enormous amounts of time, resources, and brainpower. Elizabeth Emens is … Continue reading

My People Will Be in Touch with Your People


Like most of you, I have a job. A great one that takes up a good portion of my personal bandwidth. I also have a couple of side gigs that are challenging, enjoyable, and have the added benefit of bringing in a little extra income.

I also have another job – a complicated, sometimes stressful, and unpaid job: I’m the family administrative assistant. Continue reading

How Technology Increases Workplace Productivity


(Guest Post Courtesy of Innovative Technology Solutions) Having the right tools can make all the difference for a business’s success. Even if you have superior products or services, you may find yourself outpaced by competitors with a technological edge. Technology can help your business function more smoothly, connect with customers more successfully and react to … Continue reading

Ode on a Liberal Arts Graduate


For the record: I’m a proud liberal arts graduate. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with big dreams and a double major that doesn’t have a darned thing to do with my work now. If you’re a parent despairing over your new grad’s choice of major, take heart. You could be the proud parent … Continue reading