What I learned from taking Fridays off

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It seemed wildly hedonistic to consider at first, but there are serious productivity (and quality of life) lessons to be learned from a four-day workweek. A year into the pandemic, the lines between “work” and “not work” are blurrier than ever, especially for professionals operating virtually . During the first few months of the pandemic, when it seemed plausible that the entire economy would collapse forever, I threw myself into work projects, trying to vacuum up all possible revenue because I feared the chance would never come around again. Read Full Story

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Learning to rock climb changed my approach to problem-solving at work

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From bouldering to ping-pong and quidditch, what we do for recreation sharpens our tools for innovative thinking. For the first few years of my writing career, I would often get stuck on a sentence and feel completely and utterly paralyzed. I had heard the advice that I should write a crappy first draft then go back to edit, but even a crappy first draft wouldn’t come. I had an idea of how things should go in my mind, and when reality didn’t meet that expectation, I would struggle. I didn’t know how to look at different angles, how to problem-solve. Essentially, I didn’t know how to play with my work. Read Full Story

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This pandemic isn’t the first time women have left the workforce in droves

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As long as women have been working outside the home, they’ve held a precarious place in the labor force. Over the last year, countless headlines have framed the economic fallout from the pandemic as the first female recession. While overall job losses between men and women now seem relatively comparable , the pandemic has uniquely affected many working women, and especially working mothers. Read Full Story

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Some Big Tech companies may be tapping the brakes on the work-from-home forever trend

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A year into the global pandemic, Amazon and Google are pushing for a return to the office. In March 2020, when the nation began working from home after the coronavirus pandemic breached U.S. shores, the shift was immediate and extreme. Speculators mused that the worldwide experiment in remote business would revolutionize the work economy. And naturally Big Tech, which had already pioneered the digital frontier, seemed poised to lead the charge. Read Full Story

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I am tired of feeling shame for financially relying on my partner

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I know I’m in a privileged position, but it’s hard to feel like I don’t fit into the Wonder Woman template. It all started in 2018. I was fresh out of graduate school and utterly confused about what I wanted to do with my life. Until then, I had walked a seemingly well thought out career path as a human rights lawyer, graduating from an Ivy League institution and building an impressive professional network. Yet, I wanted to do something different. I wanted independence and creativity to dictate my professional destiny. I wanted to become a writer, which, I would soon learn, meant abandoning the steady fountain of self-confidence my successful career had been, and more pragmatically, forgoing the security of a salary. Read Full Story

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10 ways to get a better night’s sleep in 2021

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From CBD to weighted blankets to noise machines, these products will help you sleep faster, deeper, and longer in 2021. It has not been a good year for sleep. Between a pandemic, social unrest, an election year, and the stresses of working (or learning, or teaching) from home, millions of us are experiencing “ coronoasomnia .” That’s why two months ago, I started to take a CBN tincture, in hopes that it would combat the hours of blue light exposure and heightened holiday-related anxiety that were plaguing my sleep habits. Read Full Story

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Zoom doesn’t need to be so awful. What the future of video chat could learn from the past

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Today we have cloud storage and augmented reality—all on our phones. So why hasn’t video chat evolved at all? I got my first glimpse into the “future” of videoconferencing more than 25 years ago, back in the early days of the World Wide Web and hypertext. I still remember looking over a friend’s shoulder as she chatted with a group of friends on CU-SeeMe . Each participant in her chat was represented by a grainy black-and-white webcam in a grid of boxes on the screen. What I saw that day would be easily recognizable to billions of people trapped on Zoomland today. At the time, I was designing CD-ROMs with Quicktime VR tours of Learjets. Today we have cloud storage and augmented reality—all on our phones. So why hasn’t video chat evolved at all? Read Full Story

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This is the exact type of break you should be taking when working from home

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Taking regular breaks is key. But what you do during them is just as important. When you work from home—especially when you can call your own hours—it can be hard to take time to take a break. For me, I tend to get into a groove. Stopping and walking away seems like it would be counterproductive. However, I also find myself taking “unhealthy” breaks, such as spending time on social media or watching a YouTube video. I’m still sitting at my desk, so are they really breaks? Read Full Story

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The Power of "Is": A Featured Snippet Case Study

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Posted by EricSerdar I’m not a literary scholar, but I believe it was Hamlet that said “to have a featured snippet or not to have a featured snippet?” Ever since featured snippets came onto the scene, sites have been trying to secure them. My team and I wanted in on this craze. Throughout our journey of research, testing, failure, and success, we found some interesting pieces of information that we wanted to share with the community. I’ll walk you through what we did and show you some of our results (though can’t share traffic numbers). It was Britney Muller’s webinar on Feature Snippet Essentials and the release of the featured snippets cheat sheet that inspired me to capture what we've learned. What are featured snippets? A featured snippet is the box that appears at the top of the search result page that provides information to succinctly and accurately answer your …

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