Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#20)

For the first time in my life I'm truly experiencing this mysterious thing they call seasons. Even though I've lived in New York for almost three years (after growing up in CA), I skipped Winter last year to live in Bali and Thailand, and the first year was a very mild Winter with just a few snow days. Now with the sun and warmer weather teasing their return, I can understand the bliss that Spring brings and the shift in mood, activities, work styles — particularly against the backdrop of a long Winter (and an emotional "winter" for me during all of 2013). I am ready to bust out of the house and go play, explore the city and resuscitate my social life!

How about you? What's on your Spring "get outta the house" list?


"If time management were the essence of the problem, a self-imposed deadline should help. But Pychyl and other researchers have come to believe that emotional failures rest at the root of procrastination. Procrastinators delay a task because they're not in the mood to do it and deceive themselves into thinking they will be later on. When that time comes and they're not, they're in the same emotional place but with less time until deadline.

That's why some experts--namely, Fuschia Sirois of Bishop's University--think the best strategy for addressing procrastination is to find something enjoyable or meaningful in whatever task is before you. "

—Fast Company, Self-Imposed Deadlines Don't Stop Procrastination


"The tip of this iceberg has been visible for years, and we’re finally beginning to see the base. Of course, no study is perfect and few are definitive. But the real villains in our diet — sugar and ultra-processed foods — are becoming increasingly apparent. You can go back to eating butter, if you haven’t already.

This doesn’t mean you abandon fruit for beef and cheese; you just abandon fake food for real food, and in that category of real food you can include good meat and dairy. I would argue, however, that you might not include most industrially produced animal products; stand by."

—Mark Bittman, Butter Is Back


"The tech industry used to bury its dead quietly. For years, cash-starved companies sold themselves for peanuts in order to save face; friends bailed each other out with 11th-hour “acqui-hires,” and founders came up with euphemisms like “pivot” to soften the sting of defeat.

But these days, start-up flameouts are increasingly serving as badges of honor, and stories like Abrams’s are being told at higher and higher volume. In an industry known for sunny optimism, Silicon Valley has managed to turn failure into a bragging right."

The Failure Fetish in Silicon Valley


Just for Fun

This list of 77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True is interesting, funny and definitely head-scratching. For example, did you know that for every human on Earth there are approximately 1.6 million ants?

This Millennials in the Workplace Training Video cracked me up — h/t Adam for sending:

[youtube id="Sz0o9clVQu8"] I also loved This is a Generic Brand Video — hilarious!

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That's it for now . . . until next time!