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Stop the Meeting: I Want to Get Off!

Notes from Stop the Meeting: I Want to Get Off! How to Manage Your Team Without Meetings by Scott Snair, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 2003. • Managers tend to hold meetings because that’s what their peers are doing • Managers hold meetings because of corporate mandates requiring that certain types of meetings be convened. […]

Engineering Inclusion

This year Ada Lovelace Day coincides with National Coming Out Day in the US. These are two occasions that mean a lot to me as a queer woman in tech. To mark the moment, I am reposting below a short piece that I wrote on an internal company blog a few months ago. I started […]

A belated processing

Last week I finally wrote the email I have been dreaming of writing for years. It was sent to my publisher, along with the draft of my new book, Counterproductive: A Brief History of Time Management. It made a certain sense when I realized that the day I submitted the manuscript was also the anniversary […]

Typewriter, telephone, transistor

Here’s a write up of my paper from the recent Terms of Media conference at Leuphana University. This is a draft heading for Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd’s forthcoming collection, The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational and Social Temporalities. And since it is material coming out of my own book, Counterproductive, all feedback at this […]

This productive life

Here’s the blurb for the talk I’m giving at UCLA on Wednesday. I haven’t been airing much of this work while it’s still in progress, other than the occasional photo from the archives, but it’s the material for my new book, Counterproductive. This is the project I’ve been drawing on in some of the press […]

Counterproductive: Towards mindful labor

Excerpt written for iDC in the lead up to the Digital Labor Conference, The New School, November 14-6 Affective capitalism is defined by the articulation of self-fashioning practices with a productivity imperative. We work on ourselves in order to be productive, but without an overarching referent or guide for our actions. To feel productive is […]

Counterproductive: From management to managing

The history of time management in the workplace draws on ideals of efficiency arising from the factory: a worker who comes to work, ‘clocks’ on and off, with discrete periods of separation and respite from the job. Extended to professional realms, the careful orchestration of activities through calendars and schedules allowed office workers the capacity […]

To reduce ‘rushaholism’

Decelerate: • Take brief time outs throughout the day • Treat delays as found time • Do nothing on a regular basis • Nap if possible; should inhibition keep you from doing so, confront the inhibition • Take an occasional bath • When hurried, ask yourself, “Do I really need to rush? What’s the worst […]

The Swiss Cheese approach

What is it about corporate strategy and cheese? According to Louis C. Feuer, the ‘Swiss Cheese Approach to White-Collar Stress’ is a practice of ‘selective mingling’ that enables workers to navigate the corporate hierarchy and arrive in a better place. As he puts it: Getting through to the other side of the cheese is easy, […]

How we became professional, part 3 – From organizations to collectives

(… continued from parts 1 & 2) Now that I work for industry, this interest in the history of professionalism needs to bear relevance to the practices of a company. Part of the learning curve for my job so far is grappling with the ingrained register of critique that has been an inheritance of my […]

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