Yes, commuting via public transportation (and car, oftentimes) sucks. It is tedious and stressful and frustrating and often unpleasant smelling. Unfortunately, unless you work from home, there is very little you can do to eliminate the need for commuting and, like all things that are impossible to change without a teleportation machine, it is very annoying when you complain about it (see also: commercials, traffic, cell phone service, the weather more than the single allotted grumble per day).
So, what can you do instead of whine to whomever your with or stare off blankly into the distance (the distant, distant window across the car from you)? Well, there are actually a fair amount of semi-productive to productive things you can occupy your thoughts with. More
Earlier this year, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who tells us she’s not a feminist (and that feminism has become “a more negative word”), both built herself a nursery in the office and also canceled everyone else’s work-from-home situations, because water cooler discussions are apparently more valuable than the people who live far from a Yahoo office, have disabilities that make commuting difficult, have babies but aren’t CEO, etc. More
Guess what day it is? Friday. Guess what day this column was supposed to be turned in? Thursday. More
There are a lot of things that were pretty hard to do before the Internet. For instance, meet a lot of people who have the same obscure disease or sexual fetish as you. Or get detailed directions from a particular address in Dover to a particular address in Minneapolis. Or find and purchase a song you heard on the radio (but you don’t know who it’s by, and all you remember is that it contains the words “try to find you” and “all the flowers”). More
After readingJen Dziura’s fantastic piece on Productivity Unicorns, (an improvement on productivity ninjas) I started thinking about legendary creatures that inspire our work personas. Those are all very well, but for sheer effectiveness in reaching their goals, I don’t think anything can beat a zombie. Obviously. Here’s why you should be channeling a zombie in all your day to day business interactions:
Apparently, being a productivity ninja is a thing. Google it. No, don’t.
If you’re reading Bullish two days before Christmas, either you don’t celebrate Christmas, or else you are mid-sculpture / business plan / book / musical composition. All of which I support. (Remember when Bullish cockblocked Thanksgiving?) As I discussed in … More
Sometimes, you’re sitting at your desk, and you are working. You’ve been working for, say, four hours straight. A voice inside your head is saying, “hey, maybe it’s time to take a break!” But a competing, more aggressive voice says, … More
Having trouble concentrating long enough to really get things done? There are totally solutions for that. It occurred to me to write this column when I read a friend’s Facebook status update: “Just completed my third pomodoro!” Um … like … More
Today was a typical Monday – well, a typical Monday now. See, I’ve been known to stay up all hours of the night typing away all weekend. Which leaves me super tired and cranky on Monday morning. That’s the worst … More