The Handiness of Unitasking.

My husband laughs at me when I say I’m a multitasker.  “I hope it doesn’t say ‘multitasker’ on your resume” is a common household expression at our place.  And lately I feel like I’ve been multitasking like crazy but also feel that I’m getting much less done.  So I decided to try out unitasking and see if I fair any better.

First, I examined my typical workday:  Continue reading “The Handiness of Unitasking.”

Politically Related Careers for Politics Addicts

I happen to be a political junkie, as US News and World Report phrases it, and I’ve always pondered other ways to get involved in the hobby I love so much without actually having to work in politics.  Behold, the “7 Best Nonpolitical Jobs for Political Junkies” as determined by Liz Wolgemuth of US News.

And if you’re not sure if you’re a political junkie, you can take their quiz– and let it be known that this could also pass as a history junkie quiz!  I scored a 6 out of 10, maybe I’m not the junkie I fancy myself?  Ah, but if you look at my mp3 player, you’ll see the current week’s Meet the Press, This Week, and Face the Nation.  Junkie status confirmed.

7 Best Nonpolitical Jobs for Political Junkies

If you want to sate your political appetite with a full-time job, here are some cool ideas

Posted October 23, 2008

Ah, election season. There’s nothing like a good battle between the Democrats and the Republicans (and Ralph Nader and Ron Paul) to whet the appetite of a political junkie. But if you’re looking for something less temporal—the kind of work that will let you feed your addiction year-round—you don’t have to become a legislator. Consider one of these (mostly) nonpolitical jobs where you may find a way to keep the spirit of the election alive every day.

Librarian: Not just any librarian—a special librarian. Special librarians work for companies, government agencies, nonprofits, universities, or museums, rather than for the general public. There are plenty of opportunities for people to focus on specialties. Janice Lachance, chief executive of the Special Libraries Association, says “it’s absolutely a perfect fit” for people who are politically inclined, as leaders at nongovernmental organizations, think tanks, or government agencies rely on well-sourced, “top level information.” Librarians can follow specific passions for policy or politics into jobs at places like AARP, which employs 13 association members. Most have a master’s in library or information science, but the jobs pay: A 2008 association survey found the average salary of its members was $71,812.

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Job Action Day, Better Late than Never!

Job Action Day logoQuintessential Careers declared November 3rd as Job Action Day.  But even if, like me, you missed this great event, turn any day in the future into Job Action Day for yourself!

What is Job Action Day? “Quintessential Careers has declared Nov. 3 Job Action Day 2008 worldwide — a day for job-seekers and workers to confront the current economic crisis head-on and take action steps to improve their careers.  Quintessential Careers will mark Job Action Day 2008 with service-oriented articles and blog entries to provide workers and job-seekers with information, ideas, and concrete steps that they can take to secure their futures — both in the short-term and the long-term. The articles, to be introduced in a special Job Action Day edition of Quintessential Careers’ newsletter, QuintZine, include:”

Also, check out all the bloggers who participated in Job Action Day, they’e got some excellent useful and clever tips, tools, and techniques to help anyone in any stage of their career:

In addition, the Quintessential Careers family of blogs, including the Quintessential Careers Blog, Career Doctor Blog, Quintessential Resume and Cover Letter Tips Blog, and A Storied Career, will feature Job Action Day entries.  

Free Inspirational Webinar- Weds. 10/29

The folks over at The Extraordinary Life are putting together a free webinar entitled “If you can’t stand up, stand out!” which will go over some excellent ways to overcome your own limitations and change your attitude for the better.  In these rapidly devolving economic times, it’s important to keep things in perspective, understand yourself and your abilities, and “respond with confidence instead of fear.”

If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!
Host: David Bush, Executive Coach and Founder of
Speaker: Mike Schlappi, Author, Speaker and Gold Medalist
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Time: 1:00pm CDT (2:00pm EDT, 12:00pm MDT, 11:00am PDT)
Cost: Complimentary! 

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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Daniel Pink interviewed by Oprah

I’ve written about Daniel Pink and his book, A Whole New Mind, several times before in this blog.  Let’s just say, Oprah must be reading handiwork because she decided to interview Pink on her radio show- Oprah’s Soul Series Webcast.  Alright, so it probably has more to do with Pink’s absolutely phenomenal book and outlook on the future of work and life, and slightly less to do with handiwork…

Listen to the audio or watch the video here.

Read more about Daniel Pink in my previous posts:

How I’ve changed since reading A Whole New Mind:

I tell you what- after reading A Whole New Mind, I put into action one of the easiest of Daniel Pink’s suggestions.  In my office, I had a bulletin board full of lists and notes and things I hadn’t looked at in months, clearly not things I NEEDED hanging around my office, but a very left-brained approach to a bulletin board.  Pink suggests turning your bulletin board into an inspiration board, something to intrigue and jump start the right side of your brain.  Fashion designers and other right-brainers have been doing this forEVER, so why not give it a shot?

So I ripped down the meaningless papers that cluttered my board and posted only things that I found inspiring, interesting to look at, funny, etc…  And you know what?  Not only do I pay more attention to my bulletin board, I get ideas from it.  And at least once or twice a week, I have a visitor in my office who comments about something on my board. 

Did my old bulletin board ever inspire anyone to talk about it?  Absolutely not.  Does my new board inspire myself and others?  Absolutely.  And while I couldn’t tell you one thing I used to have on my old board, I can describe to you several things that exist on it now.  And in a small way, my inspiration board has made my daily life better.  Can you ask for more?

My attempt at an online inspiration board:




50 Most Powerful Women in Business

Fortune magazine released its annual list of America’s most powerful businesswomen.  Some you’ve certainly heard of, but most you haven’t, and it’s pretty amazing the things they’ve been able to accomplish.  Note there is only one who works for a company which is her name backwards.

Here are the Top Twelve:

Rank Name Company
1 Indra Nooyi PepsiCo
2 Irene Rosenfeld Kraft Foods
3 Pat Woertz Archer Daniels Midland
4 Anne Mulcahy Xerox
5 Angela Braly Wellpoint
6 Andrea Jung Avon Products
7 Susan Arnold Procter & Gamble
8 Oprah Winfrey Harpo
9 Brenda Barnes Sara Lee
10 Ursula Burns Xerox
11 Ann Livermore Hewlett-Packard
12 Anne Sweeney Walt Disney

Read more about each of these exciting women here.

 Helpful Career Resources for Women:

Career News Galore, All In One Place. Simple. Useful. Clever.

More career advice exists on the internet than I can even begin to comprehend. So how do you access it in a way that simplifies your life?

Enter lists, you guessed it, all the top information sites for any topic you can imagine, more or less.  So if career advice isn’t your thing, consider visiting and finding what is.  I happen to love and as well as the career page.

It’s an amazing concept- an online magazine rack of hundreds of topics.  Get the information you want, all in one place.  Simple and Simplifying.