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Stop Volunteering For Thankless Tasks at Work—If You're a Woman Stop Volunteering For Thankless Tasks at Work—If You're a Woman

Psst, women reading this: have you ever suspected that you, and other women co-workers, end up doing a lot of thankless, annoying tasks around the office because no one else will? Well, you do, and you should stop.

I'm ESPN's Jay Williams, and This Is How I Work I'm ESPN's Jay Williams, and This Is How I Work

Jay Williams is one hell of a high school basketball coach. In 2003 Williams, a record-breaking player at Duke, cut short a promising career with the Chicago Bulls after a motorcycle accident. In the docuseries Best Shot, which premieres today on YouTube, Williams (now an ESPN host) becomes an assistant coach for the…

I'm Elana Karp, Head Chef at Plated, and This Is How I Work I'm Elana Karp, Head Chef at Plated, and This Is How I Work

On How I Work, we like to find people with especially challenging jobs. Making the recipes at a meal-kit-by-mail service seems challenging: each recipe must be crowd-pleasing, easy to follow, and use ingredients that can be shipped around the country in vast quantities divvied into tiny portions. At Plated (acquired…

I'm Scott From Scott's Pizza Tours, and This Is How I Work

You can eat pizza for a living, if you’re good enough at it—and if you work hard and get to know everyone in the pizza business. Scott Wiener turned his love of pizza into Scott’s Pizza Tours, a growing business conducting food tours by foot and by bus in Manhattan. In this video episode of How I Work, we shadowed him…

I'm Song Exploder Host Hrishikesh Hirway, and This Is How I Work I'm Song Exploder Host Hrishikesh Hirway, and This Is How I Work

Hrishikesh Hirway pulls songs apart to learn how they work. On his podcast Song Exploder, Hirway has interviewed artists like Solange, Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, Björk, and Arcade Fire about their writing, recording, and mixing processes. Hirway makes his own music as half of the band Moors with Atlanta’s Lakeith…

How to Add a New LinkedIn Connection Via QR Code How to Add a New LinkedIn Connection Via QR Code

Whenever you meet someone at a networking event that you’d like to chat with again, the question arises: how?

The Best Way to Ask for a Favor The Best Way to Ask for a Favor

So, you need some help. It’s okay, we all need a hand sometimes. Problem is, a lot of us don’t know how to go about asking—so we don’t. Well, according to a social psychologist, here’s the simplest, most effective way to ask for a favor.

I'm Morra Aarons-Mele, Author of Hiding in the Bathroom, and This Is How I Work I'm Morra Aarons-Mele, Author of Hiding in the Bathroom, and This Is How I Work

Success isn’t just for extroverts, according to author and “hermit entrepreneur” Morra Aarons-Mele. In an ambitious and stressful field of business, Aarons-Mele has built her expertise in finding excellence without breaking yourself. She talked to us about her “aha moment,” her work-at-home schedule, and the two lists…

How to Make Time to Write When You ‘Have No Time’ How to Make Time to Write When You ‘Have No Time’

This week we have a guy who desperately wants to escape his soulless career and become a writer, but he’s too busy to write. Should he leave his job so he can finally find the time to put pen to paper? Or will he realize that it’s possible to make time for his passion if he’s willing to dig deep?

Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up

Open offices are a panopticon hellhole. They might make it easier to collaborate, and they might help your boss pack more workers into a smaller space, but they leave you in earshot of every little sound your co-workers make. (You get to see and smell them, too!) The most obvious coping mechanisms—headphones, phone…

I'm Patrick Moberg, Creator of Dots and Two Dots, and This Is How I Work I'm Patrick Moberg, Creator of Dots and Two Dots, and This Is How I Work

Patrick Moberg has wasted hours of your life, or of the life of someone next to you in a waiting room. His studio Dots created the beautiful and addictive mobile game Dots (the thinking person’s Candy Crush), and its sequels Two Dots and Dots & Co, all of which are on millions of phones. We talked to him about the…

It's Time to Re-Think 'It's All Who You Know' It's Time to Re-Think 'It's All Who You Know'

When you hear the phrase, “It’s all who you know,” what do you think of?Influential people who can open a door for your career? Friends in high places who can throw you a bone? I think it’s time we look at the phrase differently.

Make Updating Your Resume Way Easier With This Smart Tip Make Updating Your Resume Way Easier With This Smart Tip

You’re looking for a new job, so it’s time to update the ol’ resume. But when you try to describe your last position, you stare off into space thinking, “Wait, what did I do, exactly?” Well, who’s better than describing the duties of your role than the employer itself?

I'm Gloveworx Founder Leyon Azubuike, and This Is How I Work I'm Gloveworx Founder Leyon Azubuike, and This Is How I Work

Every overnight success is years in the making. Boxing trainer Leyon Azubuike’s first attempt at starting a gym didn’t pan out, but he went back to work as a private coach and tried again. Now his gym, Gloveworx, has two L.A. locations and is soon expanding to New York. We talked to him about his career path, his…

We’re Mission to Zyxx, and This Is How We Work We’re Mission to Zyxx, and This Is How We Work

Mission to Zyxx might be the best podcast. This science fiction comedy—a mix of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—that leans on original jokes instead of references, is definitely the best of the current wave of fictional podcasts, partly because of its unique process. The cast improvises…

How to Take a Mental Health Day From Your Job How to Take a Mental Health Day From Your Job

Taking time away from work when you’ve got the flu or a sprained ankle is not only expected, but encouraged. But mental health issues sometimes require time off, too.

I'm Heather Dietrick, CEO of the Daily Beast, and This Is How I Work I'm Heather Dietrick, CEO of the Daily Beast, and This Is How I Work

Heather Dietrick used to run this place. Dietrick was the beloved president of Lifehacker’s parent company, Gizmodo Media Group, before leaving in 2017 to join the Daily Beast as CEO. In How I Work’s tradition of interviewing our past and present colleagues, we talked to her about building a career in law and…

Set a 'Rejection Goal' and It Might Just Lead to Success Set a 'Rejection Goal' and It Might Just Lead to Success

Actors have a saying: You don’t get 100% of the parts you don’t audition for. If you’re an artistic type, or a writerly type, or even just someone who’s looking for a job, you may have found rejections to be so painful that you’ve just stopped applying for things. Social media and streaming TV is so soothing—why would…

I'm FreshBooks Co-Founder Mike McDerment, and This Is How I Work I'm FreshBooks Co-Founder Mike McDerment, and This Is How I Work

Invoicing service FreshBooks is part of the software canon for freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s shown up in Lifehacker recommendations from 2009 to 2018, and it’s still one of the best ways to stay sane when billing multiple clients. Two years ago, the company rolled out an entirely new version that it had secretly…

Stay Focused on a Project By Working With a Virtual Coworker Stay Focused on a Project By Working With a Virtual Coworker

Working from home is hard. Inevitably whenever you sit down to work on a big project you remember that you really need to do a load of laundry, or clean the bathroom, or really do anything but what you actually need to be working on.

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