Category Archives: Prioritizing

EXTRA: 7 Questions: Telecommuting

8-Misconceptions-About-Working-From-Home

Thanks to Daniel Zeevi and DashBurst for this fab graphic.

For this installment of 7 questions, I’m tackling a question that a lot of people seem to have on their minds these days, as costs are rising and quality of life seems to be diminishing. In addition, I know that many of you are young professionals and sometimes juggling home, family and work is a pretty difficult circus act.

Working from home has come under fire a lot in recent years (Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! come to mind), in part because employees are not often held as accountable for their work and productivity. That said, a productive employee is a productive employee, and chances are if they are motivated enough to examine how they can be a better worker, they are motivated enough to make telecommuting work to its greatest advantage.

So without further adieu, the questions:

Read on for the burning questions.

10 Tips: Surviving Micromanagement

Graph of Autonomy, Dignity, Mutiny

Thanks to thisisindexed.com for this graph. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I’m not sure if it’s my youth (full disclosure: I’m not really that young) or my personality that adores autonomy and cringes at the concept, and the idea, of micromanagement. In the past seven years, I have been proud to watch the board of our organization grow from a lopsided grassroots board to one who is gradually taking the governance reins and is making great strides.

But as we all know, utopia is a myth, and I have talked to more than one colleague who has at least one person that is making their life relatively sour due to a constant hawkish attention to the tasks that are supposed to be trusted to that person. Sometimes this attention persists, even in light of reassurance from their peers that the aforementioned person is doing the right thing for the organization.

Wouldn’t you love to keep reading? Please do.

The Once-in-a-While Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle postcardSo, wow, I haven’t written anything this week! I’m not going to offer excuses, just apologies. When you set out to write a daily blog and you miss a week, it feels like complete and utter laziness, even if you have just posted 50 posts at a stretch. I feel like Rip Van Winkle, but I promise I haven’t been drinking with the mountain elves.

This week hasn’t been the greatest on many levels, but I am a firm believer that a lack of success or follow-through isn’t usually externally driven. Internally, this past week I didn’t allow myself to elevate The Daily Kylie to the top of my priority list. And it should be there; I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. As strange as it sounds, a blog about work is like play for me, and all work and no play/writing about work makes Kylie a rather unhappy girl.

I want to make it up to all of you who have been following the blog. This week I’ll double up on all of my posts: one will be posted at 8am (starting Monday, that is; tomorrow’s posts will filter in a little later) and one will be posted at 3pm. If you’d like to read them, I’d love you to dive right in. If it’s too much reading for you, feel free to skip over one of them and catch up if you want to later. (Then again, if you don’t want to read any of them, no pressure!)

I promise I’m serious about the Daily thing, and this past week was probably far more painful for me than it was for you. I’ve got some good posts planned for this coming week, so stay tuned!

As ever,

T.D. Kylie