Guest Post – The Bullet Journal Saved My Lifestyle

Jack Hill is hands-down one of the most productive people I’ve ever met and a Day Job veteran who’s worked a bigger variety of jobs than even I have. The two of us spent a lot of time in grad school trying to make sense of how the writing life worked in the 21st century.  Check out his website or follow him on Twitter @xjackhill. … Continue reading Guest Post – The Bullet Journal Saved My Lifestyle »

Stop. Checking. Your. E-mail.

I used to check my e-mail once, sometimes twice a day, usually after work or at the very end of the night.  (I know this is starting out all lame and nostalgic, but bear with me….)  I’d respond to anything that was important, then wait a few days for things that weren’t.  My back and forth conversations were usually separated by a day or longer, … Continue reading Stop. Checking. Your. E-mail. »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part III

So this is the end of my three-part series spelling out my entire work history.  In Part 1 I covered my early years learning about work, and in Part 2 I moved on to post-college struggles to both scrounge up some money and get out of New Hampshire.   Goat and Horse Farm Worker Pay: $20/feeding (about 1-1.5 hours) I got back from Japan with … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part III »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had Part II

This week I’m continuing my list of every job I’ve ever worked with my first four years after college.  If you missed the high school and undergrad years, check out Part I here.   Lake Protection Internship Pay: $11/hour This was the first post-college job I applied for while still a senior, the first one I interviewed for, and the first one I got—fortunate for … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had Part II »

Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part I

I blatantly stole the idea for this post from one J. Money did a few years ago, since laying out people’s actual job histories shows how work doesn’t always form some straightforward linear path.  We tend to think of careers as a track that goes from College, to a Job, then to a Better Job, and then to Even Better Jobs that steadily pay more … Continue reading Every Job I’ve Ever Had, Part I »

Schedule Books and To-Do Lists Are Awesome

Staying focused is important—and hard.  My biggest faults in this area are procrastinating, getting distracted during worktime, and taking on too much and getting overwhelmed (especially when I’m supposed to be writing). Case in point: I probably should have started this entry an hour ago. As I’ve talked about before, structured Day Jobs make it easier to get things done because they provide goals, timelines, … Continue reading Schedule Books and To-Do Lists Are Awesome »

What I Learned From Working 70-Hour Weeks for Two Months

Writing about overtime hours last week reminded me of last spring when I took on the challenge of working 70 hours a week, every week, between three different jobs.  It was pretty intense. How did this happen, you ask?  Since there wasn’t much to do at my regular Day Job working at the research greenhouse, I sought out a work from home opportunity (a.k.a. my … Continue reading What I Learned From Working 70-Hour Weeks for Two Months »

Unpaid Overtime is Not Cool (and What You Can Do About It)

There’s a lot of things I hate (rude people, traffic jams, being called “buddy” in conversation), but not getting paid for the work I’ve done takes the top slot.  This isn’t because I’ve been stiffed on a paycheck, but because I’ve had jobs where I had to face off against my arch nemesis unpaid overtime. Check out this graph from the Economic Policy Institute showing … Continue reading Unpaid Overtime is Not Cool (and What You Can Do About It) »

How Much Time Do You Spend Commuting???

I used to commute.  A lot. Back when I started my first office job, I was driving 23 miles to work and back, which took 35 minutes AND since I used a busy commuter route I had to get to work 20 minutes early or waste even more time sitting in traffic.  I listened to a lot of music during that time, though, to the … Continue reading How Much Time Do You Spend Commuting??? »

Why You Should Turn Your Phone Off During Work Time

(Naturally, I’ve got my phone on silent while I’m writing this.) I’m like you: when I hear my phone make noise, I absolutely have to go find out what that noise means, not necessarily because it’s urgent, but to satisfy the deep, immediate, and all-encompassing sense of curiosity that stops me from thinking of anything else. Who could be texting ME in the middle of … Continue reading Why You Should Turn Your Phone Off During Work Time »

I Paid Off My Student Loans!

…well, most of them anyway.  Last week I cashed out a good chunk of savings to pay off one of my final two student loans, a financial move that cut my monthly payment by two-thirds (!!).  That basically equates to a ton more financial flexibility each month (i.e., more cash for whatever I want). The biggest reason for the payoff, though, was to ease the … Continue reading I Paid Off My Student Loans! »

Day Job Basics #4: Your Ideal Day Job

So like I talked about in Part 3, there are all different kinds of Day Jobs, and they all place different demands on your time, energy, and sanity levels.  You might still be on the hunt for a bill-paying Day Job, you might have what you thought was a Real Job until you decided to make that mental switch to the dishwashing philosophy I talked … Continue reading Day Job Basics #4: Your Ideal Day Job »