‘I basically had a midlife crisis’: Author N.K. Jemisin explains why it’s never too late to quit your day job

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The Broken Earth trilogy writer didn’t publish anything until the age of 30. Twelve novels and a MacArthur genius award later, she’s got some tips to share. I didn’t try to publish anything until I was 30, when I basically had a midlife crisis. I was in a city I didn’t like, had not reached various milestones I wanted to reach, and was in student loan debt up to my eyeballs. I actually liked my job [as a career counselor for at-risk populations]. But I’d always written as a hobby, [and] I decided to see if I could make money doing it. I would make sure I wrote one page, or even just 250 words, every day. Counseling is one of those emotionally draining fields where sometimes something terrible would happen at work. I would allow myself not to produce that day. Instead, I would write something completely irrelevant, like …

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How to lift your mood during the long-haul of remote work

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Get back to performing your best with simple and science-backed methods to combat negative feelings. We all have days where we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. I can recall those days where I wake up in a funk. These days, since we’ve started working from home and changing our lifestyles, I have found my mood lower than usual, and it’s not a pleasant feeling. Read Full Story

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Election Day needs to be a federal holiday because it’s good for business

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The CEO of Pipeline Equity was one of the early signatories of Time to Vote. She says, “Supporting a federal Election Day holiday presents one avenue for businesses to show up for their employees.” The only presidential election I didn’t vote in was in 1996. The poll lines stretched around the block, and I was stressed about being late for work. I carry the guilt of not voting in that election to this day. My father, a Hungarian refugee, had risked his life to ensure my existential right to vote. To use my voice to make a choice. Read Full Story

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3 types of boundaries to emphasize while continuing to work from home

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Over a year into the move to remote work, boundaries are a top consideration to tailor and perfect your productivity. In spring 2020, the natural segmentation between work and life collapsed and the vast majority of workers found themselves afloat in an amorphous soup of responsibilities. Some basic concerns around the day-to-day sprung up. When do I answer email? When do I do laundry? When do I see my kids? Many activities went from being somewhat contained within set hours to becoming a possibility at almost any time of the day or night. Read Full Story

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How I fell in love with Walmart

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Forget Amazon and Target. The best grocery service you can find is at Walmart. And it’s been years in the making. I want to tell you about a place. A special place. A place where you drive up, a smiling face greets you by name, and your trunk is filled with affordable organic produce, your favorite locally made tortillas, outdoor toys to keep the kids occupied in these late summer days, and, shhh, maybe some Doritos. Read Full Story

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The secret strategy that will finally help you spend less time looking at your phone

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I wanted to change my relationship with my phone—to look at it less and live life more. It wasn’t easy. I’ve tried all sorts of tricks over the years. Here’s what didn’t work—and what ultimately did. I spend most days staring at a medium-sized rectangle—this is called “working.” The problem: another, smaller rectangle keeps taking up more and more of my attention. Read Full Story

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This is how women are fighting back against harassment on LinkedIn

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Like most social media platforms, LinkedIn has misogyny problem among some of its users. Here’s what women are doing to hold the professional networking site accountable. Like many professionals, I start my day with a cup of coffee and a quick scan of LinkedIn. It’s part of my mental “power hour” where I catch up on what happened overnight and fill my brain with the news, insights and trends that will help me do better work each day. Read Full Story

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