7 High-Paying Careers with Flexible Hours

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02:48 PM

Tired of the 9-to-5 monotony? Check out these seven career paths with flexible schedules. [TWEET]

By Kelly Smith

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There are many advantages in having a career with flexible hours. One of the biggest benefits is that you can manage your work-life balance better. With the continually growing number of professional options available, you don’t have to be limited to the 9-5 time constraint in order to be successful.

Hoping to find a lucrative profession that also offers a flexible schedule? Some of these career paths may be the right fit for you.

Topics: Motivation and Inspiration, Work-Life Balance, CareerAdvice

In defense of summer Fridays in a 24/7 work world

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10:00 AM

Share the love this summer by incorporating one of the hottest incentives into your business plan. [TWEET]

By Nikki Pepper

I like to believe I’m as hard-working as the next guy or girl. Being full time at WeWork, deputy editor of OhThePeopleYouMeet.com and holding a Travel+SocialGood board position is no cakewalk. Honestly, it’s a lot to juggle most days. But there’s something about the summer that I’ll always hold near and dear.

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Topics: Work-Life Balance, Workplace

How to work remotely, and successfully

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09:00 AM

Working from home may sound like a dream-come-true for some, but it's not all about relaxation. Are you up for the challenge of staying on-task while away from office? [TWEET]

By Liz Hall

Before hitting that “apply” button, it’s always best to compare a company's offered benefits against your own set of job-happiness requirements.

For example, if having the ability to work from home has moved up from a “wouldn’t-that-be nice” perk to a total necessity, then congratulations -- you’re joining many like-minded professionals.  

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Topics: Work-Life Balance, Workplace

7 apps to help you perform better at work

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12:00 PM

Your smartphone isn't just a distraction at work -- utilize these 7 web-based and mobile apps to help you perform more efficiently! [TWEET]

By Amber Stanley

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There never seems to be enough time during the workday! In today’s technology-oriented, fast-paced society (with an even more competitive job market!) professionals are expected to juggle multiple tasks daily – like projects, business campaigns, meetings and pitching ideas to supervisors – all while staying connected and active on email, mobile devices and social media.

Topics: Social & Mobile Trends, Work-Life Balance, Workplace

Work-life balance lessons from Arianna Huffington

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08:00 AM

Reformed workaholic Arianna Huffington shares her secrets of success without stress.

By Robin Madell

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If you spend most of your time feeling like you’ve got too much to do, you might feel better when you look at what’s on Arianna Huffington’s plate.

As head of one of the world’s most influential news and information brands, The Huffington Post, the sheer amount of data that this mother of two is responsible for overseeing can make your head spin. Despite these intense professional and personal responsibilities, Huffington has found a way to stay centered in the midst of competing demands that could easily feel chaotic.

I had a chance to interview Huffington to ask her how she does it—and how others can follow her example to achieve a better work-life balance of their own.

Topics: Work-Life Balance

Make your work-life balance a priority

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

Put these tips to practice to get more done, be happier at work, and spend more time with loved ones.

Work_Life_BalanceIf achieving “greater work-life balance” was one of your resolutions for the New Year, you’re not alone. An iVillage survey found that of 1,500 women polled online, 89 percent defined career success as the “flexibility to balance life and work.” Here are six practical tips to help you improve your work-life balance.

Clean out your inbox before work.

The more productive you are at work, the easier it will be to leave the office at a decent hour and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Use your smartphone to eliminate spam and organize your inbox of work emails before you get to the office. Whether you do this while waiting in line for your morning coffee or sitting on the train, you can clear out a lot of unnecessary emails and start setting your game plan for the day before you sit down at your desk.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Work-Life Balance

Unplug & recharge: Vacation tips for the technology addict

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:20 AM

Unwind during your time off with a tech detox.

Skippy_Vacation_SunglassesHello, my name is Amanda and I suffer from SSA: Smartphone Separation Anxiety.

Okay, maybe I made that term up. But even when the Blackberry first came out, people referred to them as “crackberries” because they were so addictive. As the technology has evolved, the addictive nature of these devices increased as well. Now instead of just a smartphone, we also have feather-light laptops and tablets vying for our attention when we’re away from our desks.

If you’re like me and suffer from SSA, then you know how difficult it can be to put your devices down when you’re away from the office. In fact, a survey by CareerBuilder found that 30 percent of workers planned to contact the office while on vacation. Here are three tips to help you unplug from your electronics, enjoy your time off and truly relax.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Work-Life Balance, Workplace

Spouse Work Envy

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11:30 AM

How do you handle your own joblessness when your significant other is thriving?

By M.J. Ryan

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Your spouse just got a big promotion, while you haven’t worked in months and are struggling to get your foot in the door for an interview.

How do you feel? Happy? At least your family income is more secure. Envious that he or she has gotten something you haven’t? Bitter, even, because you deserve at least as much success? This is definitely a situation they didn’t include in the marriage manual ... nor in business books.

If you’re like most folks, chances are you have mixed feelings, including guilt that you have mixed feelings. After all, aren’t you supposed to be rejoicing in the achievement of the one you love? It’s easier when it’s someone who’s not close to you — a friend or former colleague, perhaps, who meets with great success. That way, at least you don’t have to fake joyfulness with your bedmate!

Topics: Work-Life Balance

Take a Vacation to Secure Your Job

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10:00 AM

Why vacations drive better business results.

By Dan Coughlin

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When times are tough, the tough get going. Unfortunately, sometimes they go too hard for too long and dry out their creative juices. One of the worst habits people develop during bad times is working constantly without a break.

They might be working to keep the business alive, working to justify that a current job is deserved or working to get a job. In any case, nonstop working generates dramatically negative effects. Imagine a baseball player who plays 500 games a year and takes batting practice eight hours every day of the year. Does the word "burnout" come to mind? And yet that is the unsustainable pace many business people set themselves during dismal economic slumps.

Topics: Work-Life Balance