I've mentioned this before, but I live with my family of 3 in a fairly small space. (Though, having lived in multiple cities, I'd say that by East Coast standards, our apartment is practically cavernous). This is dictated by both choice and finances, and we're very happy with the arrangement. However, every single list of… Continue reading What if you can’t have a “dedicated workspace”? Making work from home work in a tiny space.
Today for a tip on how to tackle multi-day projects without feeling like you "accomplished nothing" at the end of your workday! Many of my current work projects require a fair bit of writing and design work that takes a few days and sometimes longer to complete. This was even more the case when I… Continue reading The 10-Minute/2-Hour Strategy: How to accomplish big tasks but also cross the small stuff off your to-do list
The data is somewhat outdated in this article, but the overall point the writers make is not: many workers are unable or not permitted to work at home, and BIPOC workers are much less likely to be able to work from home than white workers. Those are pretty bad, if unsurprising, statistics. As has been… Continue reading Expanding work-at-home rights to Black and Latinx workers
When I was pregnant, I met an artist, who worked from home, at a party. I was quite visibly pregnant, and this man enthusiastically began to describe the childcare arrangements he had for his son back when his son was young. He has his partner had founded a coop together in Los Angeles. While cooperative… Continue reading Alternative Work and Childcare Arrangements: Here are some ways to rethink the 9-to-5
In the past fifteen months, I've gradually been able to focus my brain and my body on tasks that once occupied a lot of my waking hours pre-baby: work, cooking, cleaning, walking, plus making room for some hobbies and volunteering. I also began to figure out a work, childcare, and regular-life schedule that works for… Continue reading Exercising While Working from Home, with Kids Around
I follow Firstbase CEO and founder Chris Herd on Twitter. Firstbase outfits remote workers with the physical tools they need to work from home, and Chris is an outspoken fan of remote work as a solution to many of our systemic problems, environmental to social. Chris tweeted this tweet a few days ago: I immediately… Continue reading Building Work-from-Home Trust and Dismantling Workplace Surveillance
Today I want to provide a list of advocacy and educational resources designed for individuals seeking remote or flexible work, employees considering implementing remote work policies, and for activists who are calling for expanded remote work and family leave for workers in America. I'll be adding to this page regularly, and when I get a… Continue reading A running list of work from home resources for employees, employers, and advocates.
Today's today is a quick tip for making work from home life easier. It's hard to work from home, especially when you have kids around, messes everywhere, and a beckoning refrigerator. This is why it's so important, for me, to have signals that put my brain into work mode. Basically, I treat myself like Pavlov's… Continue reading Working from home? Treat your brain like Pavlov’s dogs.
Like many mothers, I spend a lot of time feeling guilty for "not being a good enough" mom. Over the past few days, I've been mulling over this line of thinking in relation to racism and systemic poverty in the United States. I want to take a few minutes to address the current situation as… Continue reading Mom Guilt and Racism
Today, a topic that I could talk about endlessly: breastfeeding, i.e. churning out calories for a hungry baby up to twelve times as day for months on end. There is a lot of material out there about breastfeeding. Before my son was born I read some of it, and I determined that a lot of… Continue reading Breastfeeding While Working from Home: My Story