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Tweak It: Small Changes, Big Differences

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cali Williams Yost explains how resolving the job-versus-life conflict doesn't require the kind of big, disruptive, scary transformation that so many time-management "experts" recommend. Instead, you can make small, consistent, everyday changes to improve your job performance and your well-being. In  Tweak It she gives examples of people who have tweaked their lives and guides readers on how they can improve their lives, both on off the job.

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Comments [6]

foodaggro from Brooklyn

This woman is just verbalizing the common sense and thought processes of most intelligent people. You would only need to read her book if your brain is totally scrambled. Maybe I should write a book about how to brush teeth or take an efficient shower.

Jan. 10 2013 01:54 PM

On telecommuting:

I'm a Boss and the System Administrator.

One-- Especially if your Boss is Older-- First go to work and PERFORM. Let that person see a Track Record. (And I don't mean one week, either) If the Company has Telecommuting, the Boss may treat it as something the worker has to EARN. For myself-- I have to SEE that the worker in question can self-manage: That projects and tasks are ALREADY in my inbox or on my desk BEFORE I have to ask for it. That I get Progress reports BEFORE I have to ask for it. THAT is the person who'll get Remote Login Access.
Start demanding Remote Access within the first hour of walking into the Job? Not Gonna Happen!!! There is NO WAY I will give a 20-something who's always LATE a free pass to sleep the morning away and then log in at their Leisure. Or worse, they're already starting the Night's partying at 4PM because they already left the house. Yes...That DOES Happen.

Two-- Same rule for Parents/Mothers. Nothing makes for more friction in the office is when one Mom gets Telecomuting rights, but everyone else starts 'b!tching' that THEY are doing most of HER work. I know Parenting is a job in itself-- but just the same-- PROVE to me that you'll handle your load without my having to looking in on you. PROVE to your co-workers that you will pull your OWN weight. Then getting the keys to Remote access is easier.

Three-- Consider that for a lot of SMALL offices and Businesses, if they don't have an IT Guy- setting up the network/servers/firewalls with Remote Access is something that requires a Network Consultant-- and they aren't cheap! If you KNOW yourself how to do it-- Offer your Service and Expertise. But that means that once you assume the mantle of Network Admin-- you OWN the Responsibility.

Laters. . .

Jan. 10 2013 01:51 PM

Have to agree with Wendy that I definitely don't see that somewhat stereotypical age differentiation. I do see people or all ages being able to accept positions without relocating--a major boon in a difficult real estate environment.

Achievement is best measured by what gets done and how well, not how long it takes. There's staying late, and then there's seeing tasks through to completion effectively--not necessarily the same thing.

Jan. 10 2013 01:43 PM
John A

Any word on the constant intrusion of social networking in the worklife of the youngers?

Jan. 10 2013 01:39 PM
Brock from Manhattan

What if someone wants to out-work others in the office and purposely puts in more time? Where is there room for super achievers?

Jan. 10 2013 01:32 PM
Wendy Wilson from New Jersey

I'm listening to you while working from home. My experience on age is very different. I'm the oldest person in my group. Mostly the younger people want to work in the office, not the older. The younger people find they cannot work with small children running around. The older people like being able to sleep a little longer.

Jan. 10 2013 01:31 PM

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