Pardon my radio silence! I've been meeting with publishers for Book #2 and will have some very exciting news that I can share next week . . . so stick around! In the meantime, let's get you all squared away with cawfee-tawk tidbits for the month of October.
- Fast Company says that Everything We Tell Ourselves About How Busy We Are Is A Lie
- Outlook: Gloomy: According to Aeon, "Humans are wired for bad news, angry faces and sad memories. Is this negativity bias useful or something to overcome?"
- Another positive spin on stress from The New York Times: The Contrarians on Stress: It Can Be Good For You
- Eric Barker for Time Magazine: 10 Ways to Turn Yourself Into A Productivity Dynamo
- Seeing is Doing: Zapier Blog shares 8 Creative Ways to Visualize Your To-Do List
- On of my all time favorites . . . Vanity Fair on How The Shawshank Redemption Became One Of the Most Beloved Films of All Time
- I absolutely love Oliver Burkeman's column in The Guardian; here are two recent posts worth reading: Morning Pages and Random Decisions
- How to see into the future, on the new breed of "superforecasters"
- Harvard Business Review says Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect
- Danielle LaPorte says repeat after me: I am devoted to dreaming about my ideal life
"We forget to dream. We are so busy trying to create, manage, and respond to our current reality, that dreaming falls off the to-do list.
Stuck? Dream. Overwhelmed? Dream. Scared? Dream. Waiting for permission to go after what you want? Dream. Fantasize about immediate, satiating relief. Envision the impossible happening sooner than later. See yourself telling people how it all positively blew your mind. Imagine the best case scenario and take it ten steps further so that the universe really gets the signal."
- Anyone who has eaten an entire box of mac and cheese by herself (looks regretfully in mirror) can verify: Comfort Food Is a Myth
- Tony Schwartz shares What I Learned On My Vacation: "I felt justified in taking time off — and providing it to others — because it fueled productivity. What never occurred to me was that taking time off might be something worth doing for its own sake, and as part of a more nourishing life."
- Slate says Let's Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner
- Then again, dinner can be a sacred ritual even if you don't have anyone to share it with. The New York Times on Elevating Dinner for One
- Say what?! Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone
- New York Times provides research for something many of us intuitively know: How Exercise May Protect Against Depression
- Before you start your next job, negotiate a Precation! "The smartest job perk you've never heard of..."
- Very interesting look at How the Top CEOs Really Think
- Eric Barker on 4 Things Millionaires Have In Common, Backed By Research
- No More Working Late: At The End of Each Day, This Office Disappears: "During the day, this Amsterdam design studio looks like a typical workspace. But at 6 p.m., someone turns a key, and all of the desks suddenly lift up into the air, with computers and paperwork attached. The floor clears, and the space turns into something new."
- FastCo shares a fantastic interview with Kristin Muhlner on The Many, Many, Many Things You Should Say "No" To At Work
- Loved this piece from my good friend Laura for Inc.com: 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Monday Morning:
1. Am I excited to dive into the challenges that I have lined up for the week? 2. Am I looking forward to engaging with the people I am meeting or working with? 3. Am I going to my dream job? 4. Am I being compensated fairly for the value I bring to my job? 5. Do I feel energized, rested, and confident?
- If you can work from home, where should home be? NomadList's Top 10 global cities for location independent workers based on internet speed, cost of living, and local weather. I love Chiang Mai! Have yet to make it to Prague, but it's high on my list . . .
- Cool stats from Harvard Business Review in Breaking Down the Freelance Economy:
- The American workforce is now 34% freelancer, according to a new study commissioned by the Freelancers Union and the recently-merged Elance-oDesk.
- 14.3 million of the 53 million freelancers counted in the survey are “moonlighters” (people with full-time jobs doing independent work in their spare time)
- Another 5.5 million are temp workers
- HBR says The Freelance Economy Still Runs on Word of Mouth
- But perhaps not always with enthusiasm . . . NY Mag says many people feel that Networking Is Literally Disgusting: "Administrative Science Quarterly showed that even imagining exchanging business cards or saying 'please add me to your LinkedIn network' is enough to make some people feel actually, physically dirty."
- Have no fear! Elisa Doucette on some non-dirty ways to Improve Your Network And Relationships With 3 Simple Messages
- Here are some great Tips for Cold-Emailing Intimidatingly Powerful People (HBR) and check out Adam Grant's fantastic6 Ways to Get Me to Email You Back
- You know you shouldn't interview for a job in sweats. But the color of your clothing turns out to matter too: Why You Should Never Wear Orange To An Interview:
"A survey of hiring managers and human resource professionals revealed that employers associate personality attributes with the colors candidates wear to job interviews. For example:
- Black conveys leadership.
- Red was a color of power.
- Blue gives the impression that the person is a team player.
- Gray reads as logical and analytical.
- White gives the feeling of being organized.
- Green, yellow, orange and purple are associated with creativity."
- Hilarious! Must read: Five Years in, What does 'Shark Tank' Mean for America?
- Malcolm Gladwell's advice for entrepreneurs is be "disagreeable": "It's not enough simply to have great ideas ... You also need to be the kind of person that can tune out the naysayers because there will inevitably be naysayers when it comes to transformation."
- GREAT long read from Paul Graham: Want to start a startup?
- And from How About We founder Aaron Schildkrout (via Seth Godin): How to Avoid Delusional Thinking in Startup Growth Strategy
- Here's A Planning Tool to Help Start-Ups, Before They Start
- Harvard Business Review on Why Start-Ups Replace Early Employees (and How to Keep Your Job)
- Fortune on The Global Talent Crunch and Silicon-Valley-as-Mecca migration:
"Welcome to Silicon Valley, where employees are not just employees—they’re rock stars. This is the land of luxurious perks (think massages, onsite haircuts, and free food) and high starting salaries. It’s also a place where entrepreneurial dreams take flight—there’s always the potential, however slim the odds, of getting rich quick by working for a startup with a successful “exit.” And it’s not just the money and benefits that attract the rock stars. Out here young people feel they can make an impact—a.k.a. change the way the world shops, banks, gets around, and accesses health care—one algorithm at a time, which many young people value more than job security. As venture capitalist Marc Andreessen recently wrote in his blog, 'Silicon Valley isn’t just a place—it’s a state of mind.'"
- Woo! Books and bookstores are comfort food for the brain. Inc.com on Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again and Quartz, Independent bookstores are alive and well in America
- The New York Times lists 10 Books Business Owners Should Read
- From Mic.com: Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write
- Loved this piece from Terrible Minds! What You Need To Know About Your Second Draft
- New York Times sheds light on the challenges of maintaining an online presence: When Blogging Becomes a Slog
Just for Fun
- I was featured recently on Rank & Style: check out my Top Ten products du jour! It's also my girliest interview yet :)
- DROOL: Meet Our Newest Moleskine: the Evernote 2015 Weekly Planner (Speaking of Evernote, get excited! New App. Major Update. Huge Redesign.)
- This was so fun to browse through! Get Inspired By These 50 Incredibly Clever Logos With Hidden Meanings
- Vox: The greatest trick capitalism ever pulled was making you want a pumpkin spice latte
- This woman is a champion! The show must go on for a flute player when a butterfly lands smack in the middle of her face: Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman's Hopes And Dreams
- Hah, only in New York! Watch A Bearded Man Run Around New York City High-Fiving People Trying To Hail Cabs