Reader J would like a post on the best undereye routine for busy women… I would love to see a post about your (and your readers’) “undereye routine.” After working some long hours, I am more and more frequently starting to notice that I look pretty haggard under the eyes with puffiness and/or dark circles. … Read More about Beauty Wednesday: What’s Your Undereye Routine?
2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on 6 Things to Have on Hand When You’re Sick at Work. Today’s poll is inspired by reader V’s question: I work in Big Law and throughout the recruiting season, I shake a lot of hands. Now and then I encounter someone who says, I’m sorry, I don’t shake … Read More about Do You Shake Hands When You’re Sick?
Feeling like you’re stuck in a professional slump or otherwise burned out? These are some of our top tips on how to get your groove back when you need an attitude revamp…
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on ways to relax (don’t miss the comments; lots of great ones!), but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on the best ways to relax after a stressful day. Today’s reader mail is asking for an open thread discussing relaxation techniques… It … Read More about Open Thread: Ways to Relax?
2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion of what to eat for long-haul days at the office — but you may also want to check out some of our more recent discussions, such as on the best energy foods to help you work all day, eating late at the office, or 40+ snack ideas for … Read More about What to Eat for Long-Haul Days at the Office
We’re normally not fans of pricey beauty products — the drugstore is more of our vibe. However, we were talked into buying this YSL highlighter as part of our wedding makeup, and we are absolutely addicted now, because it’s the perfect way to “look alive” after a long day of staring at the computer screen. … Read More about Tool of the Trade: Touche Eclat
2018 Update: While we still stand by these reasons every busy woman needs a crockpot, you may also want to check out our most recent roundup of 5 all-day crockpot recipes. We were pleasantly surprised when numerous commenters to our What to Eat When You Have No Time to Eat post started mentioning the crockpot … Read More about Tool of the Trade: The Crockpot (and: Recipe Open Thread)
2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion about what to eat when you have no time to eat — you may also want to check out our latest discussion of energy foods for work, as well as our recent roundup of environmentally-friendly and stylish office lunch containers if you’re bringing lunch to work! Let’s … Read More about What to Eat When You Have No Time to Eat
When we saw the headline about this — a firmwide memo smacking down an employee who dared to come to work with flu-like symptoms — we were a bit amused. (When we read the memo, we were a bit disgusted — whoever had flu-like symptoms knew he or she would be working in a closed conference room with several others, including a pregnant woman — and we have to agree that it was just as “self-absorbed” as the managing partner said it was.) But it seems to raise an interesting question: when you’re forced to work while you’re sick, how do you power through? (Pictured: Sam the Owl Tissue Box Cozy, $15 from Etsy seller tinsil)
Fun story: for this post we actually spend a bit of time trying to find authoritative information for you guys on when a cold is contagious — we seem to remember it having something to do with the color of your snot (clear = allergies or cold, yellow or green = contagious) and your temperature (over 100 is bad). We couldn’t actually find any quick and easy source, but really — these days, we’re all just going to come down on the same side, aren’t we? If you’re sick, work from home.
In any event — even if you’re home in your pajamas, you may not have the luxury of lounging about in bed and watching “Real Housewives” reruns. You may actually have to work. If you do, here are some tips…
(Caveat: We are not doctors, and this is just our own tips on what works for us. Feel free to call us insane.)
– Take Vitamin C. No matter where you are, when you start to get that telltale tickle in the back of your throat, take Vitamin C. Orange juice from the deli or vending machine will do fine, but we like Emergen-C. (Less calories.)
– Prep your office. If you’re still at the office when you start to get sick, either take paperwork home with you, or — at least! — put your paperwork in a neat pile (or piles) before you leave, instead of leaving it spread around your office. Because sure, you might be fine tomorrow — but you might wake up feeling like a truck hit you. In which case, if you need to do work, your office will want to send your paperwork to you by messenger, and you’ll want whoever the lucky person is who’s ransacking your office to find things easily.
– Figure out what sort of “face time” you need for your office. No office is going to encourage you to come into the office, but in this economy you want to make sure that you’re still getting “points” for doing your work (particularly if you’re nearly killing yourself to do it). Call whoever you need to call (cough into their voicemail, whatever); be sure to follow it up with a work-related e-mail that shows you’re actually working if you say you are (and if you’re expending energy to do so).
– Sleep in shifts. If you really need to work and are just completely sacked by a cold, stop thinking about a normal “day” and sleep in shifts. For example: if you’re exhausted when you get home but have tons more work to do, go to sleep at 9:00. Set your alarm for midnight — after three hours you’ll have just completed two REM cycles, and you’ll be much more refreshed, focused, and energetic than you would have been had you tried to work until midnight. (Repeat as necessary until the project is where it needs to be.)
– Liquids, liquids, liquids. Soup. Water. Tea. (If you have a nasty cough, we lurve drinking hot water with lemon and honey — the honey soothes the throat and the lemon cuts the phlegm.) Did we mention soup? Force the water down — the faster this cold runs its course the sooner you can be back at full speed.
– Quarantine both yourself and your stuff. Don’t be around other people (roommates, spouse, kids, whatever) any more than you have to be. If you’re working with company books (treatises or whatnot), try to be considerate of them — no sneezing on the materials. In fact, try to get in the habit of sneezing into your elbow — it’s a better way to go about it in general. When you’re back at the office, feeling better, don’t give your germy paperwork to someone else. If you were wearing a favorite sweater or wrap or anything (either while sick or in the day or two leading up to getting sick), wash that puppy. In fact, try to wipe down your whole office (including your telephone handset).
All right, ladies — what are your tips? How do you power through when you have to work and you’re sick?
Sometimes, being overachieving and fabulous means you get a bit stretched too thin. Like, if, say, you’re working 250 hours, running a blog, planning a wedding 300 miles away, and trying to diet/exercise well in the meantime. (This, of course, relates to NO ONE we know.) Anyway, sometimes push comes to shove and exhaustion overwhelms … Read More about Poll: Have you ever napped at your desk?
2018 Update: This post on healthy food stuffs to keep in your office is an old favorite — do check out our most recent roundup on 40+ snack ideas for work, too. We’ve done the toiletries, the clothes, and the gadgets — now it’s time for Corporette’s suggestions for food stuffs to keep at the … Read More about Office Staples: Healthy Food Stuffs to Keep in your Office
N.B.: I still stand by this advice on how to diet while working a corporate job (and links have been updated as of 2016), but you can also check out our 2016 discussion on how not to gain weight during the summer recruiting season. Amazingly, everyone I know right now is either trying to get their … Read More about 10 Things About… Trying to Diet While Working a Corporate Job