Ideas And Inspiration To Help You Work Better
Woman Of The Week: Belated birthday wishes to Frida Kahlo, one of my favourite artists, and a constant source of inspiration.

Somewhat unintentionally – but surely a sign of the times – a recurring theme in this week’s Roundup is how we use technology in our day-to-day lives, for better and for worse. When it comes to work, and especially creative work, technology – smartphones, social media, the Internet – is undeniably both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it’s far easier to promote your work, forge new connections, and access vital information than ever before, but on the other… well just skip ahead to the New York Times’ Golden Age of Bailing article below for the counterargument.

That, and a couple of other links in this week’s Roundup serve as cautionary tales about the pitfalls of becoming overly reliant on technology, and a much-needed reminder that a URL is no substitute for IRL. Here’s to keeping things human, and real.

Until next week,




Much as I love podcasts, these days it takes a lot for a new one to make me hit the ‘subscribe’ button on my iPhone – but I’ve made a great new discovery recently in the form of Refinery29’s pop culture series Strong Opinions, Loosely Held. Their latest episode ‘Famous on the Internet, Broke IRL’ features two of my faves (comedian Gaby Dunn and writer Ashley C Ford) and covers how creative entrepreneurs actually make a living – vital listening for anyone who works in the digital/content/media arena. I’ve been making my way through their archives (which cover everything from Instagram-induced FOMO to the Kardashian Industrial Komplex) whilst I wait for the next episode – get into it.

If you’ve never bailed on someone last-minute, I salute you, for you are a far better person than I will ever be. For the rest of us mere mortals/serial cancellers, this recent New York Times piece on ‘the golden age of bailing’ will ring horribly true.

Word to the wise: when it comes to getting ahead at work, as often as the best idea wins out, equally as often, your ability to argue your corner and defend your ideas can be the dividing line between a ‘good’ idea and one that’s… kind of ignored. With that in mind, here’s a little refresher on how to advocate for your ideas at work I wrote for Guardian Careers.

Refinery29 co-founder and global editor-in-chief Christine Barberich’s conversation with The Cut about her daily routine is FULL of great insights on how to schedule your days a bit more efficiently – take note.

There’s literally no other word to describe this next woman besides ‘bad-ass’ – renowned feminist lawyer Gloria Allred has spent her life fighting for women’s rights (starting with Roe vs Wade and ending up at Donald T***p). I was absolutely floored by this Guardian interview, and I guarantee you will be too.

The Met Museum’s social media guru Kimberley Drew (aka @museummammy) is one of my favourite Instagram follows – here she is talking to the Coveteur about the ‘art’ of social media curation, interviewing Solange, and balancing her day job with her personal projects.

Speaking of social media curation – wanna know how to take better photos on your phone? Look no further.

Yet another phone related article, this time by Feminist Fight Club author Jess Bennett, about the way we convey laughter via text messages. Her take on phone etiquette will have you ROFLAC (that’s ‘rolling on the floor laughing and crying’, obviously).

A beautiful essay from LA-based writer Ashley Tibbits on what 14 years of waitressing taught her about life.

I spoke to Elle UK about how to ask for a pay rise at work, from what kind of language you should use, to whether it’s ever wise to issue an ultimatum.

Here’s how NOT to apply for a job, as told by the people who know best.

Next Thursday I’ll be taking part in a Guardian Live panel discussion about women in the workplace, alongside science journalist Angela Saini (and author of Inferior which I wrote about a few Roundups ago), Helene Reardon-Bond OBE (head of gender equality policy at the Government Equalities Office), and Guardian reporter and gender rights campaigner Alexandra Topping. Tickets unfortunately sold out in a flash, but if you add your name to the waitlist, you’ll be first to hear if any become available nearer the time. Hope to see some of you there!

And finally: what would you do if you weren’t scared? Some food for thought, courtesy of Man Repeller.


Words to live and work by




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