"The Mini-Shift" is new recession tactic, Wall St. Journal says
The Wall Street Journal reports that one of the new tactics of the "great recession" we are currently in is the "mini-shift".
Unable to find good full time employment in hard economic times, many are resorting to juggling 3-5 "mini jobs". (This author is one of them. Ah, the rewards and perils of free lance writing and press work!)
Thankfully, the age of laptops and cell phones makes this possible. Telecommuting is a must when juggling many jobs.
Laid off in the depths of the recession and unable to find another full-time job, writer Tamara Rice pieced together a new kind of workday for herself: three to five "mini-shifts" lasting one-and-1/2 to three hours each.
For more than a year, Ms. Rice shuttled back and forth as many as 10 times a day between writing and editing assignments and personal and family activities. Starting at 8 a.m. in her Yucaipa, Calif., home office and ending as late as 10:30 p.m., she struggled to keep all her mini-shifts straight. Sometimes, she says, she crashed into a mental wall, wondering, "OK, what am I doing now?"
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