Future of Work
Busyness Decoded: How to Limit What You Say “Yes” To

Busyness Decoded: How to Limit What You Say “Yes” To

If you feel overcommitted or overwhelmed regularly, you’re not alone. In a 2022 survey, Gallup asked Americans to gauge their stress levels. Nearly half of the adults polled responded that they felt stressed daily. In a Pew survey in 2018, 60% of U.S. adults deal with...

Putting in the Reps: A Love Letter to Podcasting & Practice

Putting in the Reps: A Love Letter to Podcasting & Practice

This week, I celebrated both the release of my book and the 400th episode of my podcast. It’s been a big week. Just about seven years ago, my production team at CreativeLive and I launched this little podcast baby out in the world. For the first 120 or so episodes, we...

Why Entrepreneurs & Freelancers Should Consider Quiet Quitting, Too

Why Entrepreneurs & Freelancers Should Consider Quiet Quitting, Too

You've probably seen the headlines. If you haven't, here's what's up: the youngsters are talking about quiet quitting. Essentially, quiet quitting is no longer going above and beyond at one's job. Instead of working beyond the job description (or...

Personal Branding and The Crafting of Self

Personal Branding and The Crafting of Self

I remember the first time I had my picture taken professionally. The photographer belonged to an artists’ workspace in an old goggle factory. The top floor was an event space—just a big empty loft with the original flooring, exposed brick walls, and giant windows. I...

Work Doesn’t Have to Make Money to be Valuable

Work Doesn’t Have to Make Money to be Valuable

On a typical evening, you’ll find my husband, Sean, and I on the sofa. We eat dinner and crack up watching the latest Good Mythical Morning episode. After, we move on to whatever television show we’re binging–currently The 100.  I work on a crossword puzzle or...

Always On: The Hidden Labor We Do Every Day

Always On: The Hidden Labor We Do Every Day

On April 11, 2022, over 15,000 Etsy sellers put their shops on vacation mode and went on strike. They spoke out against Etsy’s latest fee increase. They also protested a mandatory marketing program that costs additional fees and the Star Seller program, which tried to...

The Passion Paradigm and the Spectacle of Doing What You Love

The Passion Paradigm and the Spectacle of Doing What You Love

What did you want to be when you grew up? I had a few ideas: pastor, band director, and professor. As a fairly unimaginative kid, I cycled through those three moderately practical options until 20 years old. My mom tells a story about me preaching from the top of our...

The Valuable Business of Maintenance Work

The Valuable Business of Maintenance Work

Let me guess: you're feeling a bit stretched, fried, or tired? You had high hopes after your last reset. You took time away from the pile of projects, tactics, and commitments—only to fall back into the same trap when you got back to work. Why does this happen again...

Overdelivering Doesn’t Help Anyone (And Is Probably Causing Harm)

Overdelivering Doesn’t Help Anyone (And Is Probably Causing Harm)

Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash “Underpromise and overdeliver.” I'm sure you've heard that maxim before. But most of the time I spend money, I don't expect anyone to overdeliver. I expect to get what I paid for. That's really all I ever want. Sure, a little...

What’s the difference between work and play?

What’s the difference between work and play?

Photo by Gloria Villa on Unsplash So much of paid work today doesn’t look much like work. Most of us aren’t making things, filing things, or meeting about things 8 hours a day. There’s networking, education, and creative practice in the mix. And because so much of...

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