Hello My Gorgeous Valentine! That's right, I just roped all of you into being my virtual dates today. So whaddaya say, grab your favorite bevvy (most annoying abbreve or what?!) — okay, beverage — and get reading. For those of you who do have dates tonight, just think about how smart and well-read you'll sound! Speaking of sound, if you missed the most recent Pivot Podcast, take a listen here: Opt Out: Say No to the Good So You Can Say Yes to the Great.
Also, super exciting: me and Pivot are featured in the March issue of Real Simple, on stands now! How to Pull Off a Career Pivot—check out the cover blurb on the left side too :)
- Small talk give you hives too? I know I'm highly allergic! Here's a digital EpiPen: A Neurotic's Guide to Small Talk
- How to apply 'Design Thinking' for a Better You
- Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.
- Maria Konnikova says many of us are Born to Be Conned
- Scott Belsky on embracing the fact that Creativity is Nourished by Conflict
- Do yourself a favor and commit to under-scheduling in 2016
- Then again, for busy bees who believe life will be "better when . . ." — consider that You Don't Need More Free Time (which also highlights the importance of people having free time at the same time)
- Lisa Rankin provides 30 Practical Tips for Getting in Touch with Your Inner Pilot Light (check out her recently released book, The Anatomy of a Calling)
- Harvard Business Review says Mindfulness Isn't Much Harder Than Mindlessness
- Seth Godin on Resilience
- Paul Graham: Life is Short
- Elisa Doucette on how to Survive Your Creative Hangover
- Loved this article from Quartz!! Creative people's brains really do work differently
"Barron found that, contrary to conventional thought at the time, intelligence had only a modest role in creative thinking. IQ alone could not explain the creative spark.
Instead, the study showed that creativity is informed by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics. The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.
Describing this hodgepodge of traits, Barron wrote that the creative genius was “both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.”
...Perhaps this is why creative people are so difficult to pin down. In both their creative processes and their brain processes, they bring seemingly contradictory elements together in unusual and unexpected ways."
- NPR on Netflix and Chew: How Binge Watching Affects Our Eating Habits and Diet Foods Are Tanking. So the Diet Industry Is Now Selling "Health"
- Greatist: 38 Healthy One-Skillet Meals and 31 Healthy Meals You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less
- Well + Good on What You Need to Know About the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Craze
- This Powerful Facebook Post Will Inspire You to Love Your Body As Is (see also: How to Feel Great Even If You've Gained Weight)
- Monthly subscription box fans rejoice! Birchbox launches a workout-specific beauty line
- The NYT on Rethinking Weight Loss and the Reasons We're 'Always Hungry'
- Well + Good shares The Best Health Apps of 2015
- Fast Company says "Night Shift" Could Be iOS Most Important UX Improvement In Years
- Self on 18 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Sleep
- More great stuff from Greatist: See What Juice Cleanses Actually Do To Your Body and 10 Science-Backed Reasons Being Single Is Good for Your Health
- Mark's Daily Apple: This Is Your Brain on Bugs
- Shane Snow (one of my favorite authors) for GQ: What It's Like to Eat Nothing But This Magical, Healthy Ice Cream for 10 Days
- BBC News on The Slow Death of Purposeless Walking (thanks Dad for the link!)
"Across the West, people are still choosing to walk. Nearly every journey in the UK involves a little walking, and nearly a quarter of all journeys are made entirely on foot, according to one survey. But the same study found that a mere 17% of trips were "just to walk". And that included dog-walking.
It is that "just to walk" category that is so beloved of creative thinkers.
"There is something about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking that goes together. Walking requires a certain amount of attention but it leaves great parts of the time open to thinking. I do believe once you get the blood flowing through the brain it does start working more creatively," says Geoff Nicholson, author of The Lost Art of Walking.
"Your senses are sharpened. As a writer, I also use it as a form of problem solving. I'm far more likely to find a solution by going for a walk than sitting at my desk and 'thinking'."
- Fascinating NYT article on why Streaming TV Isn't Just a New Way to Watch. It's a New Genre.
- Calling all gadget geeks who didn't go to Vegas in January: CES 2016 Wrap-Up: All the Coolest Stuff We Saw At the Big Show
- The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015
- Zapier lists The 50 Best Hidden Productivity Tips in Trello, Slack, Evernote and More
- Sean Ogle at Location 180 shares 41 Awesome Productivity Tools to Help Grow Your Brand
- Wondering what to call your right-hand person? Daily Writing Tips on 50 Synonyms for "Assistant"
- James Altucher with a great breakdown on financial lingo in The Secrets of Billions (must-watch for those of you with Showtime—I am loving it so far!)
- Cal Newport says Email Zero Is Easier Than Inbox Zero (in which he references Pat Flynn's 9000 Unread Emails to Inbox Zero: My Executive Assistant Shares How We Did It)
- Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a journal.
- Craft Your Content: When the Words "Self-Employed" Get Lost In Translation
- Derek Sivers on when to Switch Strategies
- HBR on 4 Things Successful Change Leaders Do Well, IDEO's Employee Engagement Formula, how to Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety and Burnout and Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a journal.
- My BFF Dorie Clark on How Successful People Network With Each Other
- Big congrats to Cal Newport on the release of his book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, which hit the WSJ bestseller list on its first week out the gate! Check out the related posts: Resolve to Live a Deep Life and The Book Facebook Doesn't Want You to Read.
- Tim Grahl reveals The Truth About The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists
- James Altucher on The One Thing That Changed My Entire Life (hint: READING BOOKS! Me too :))
- Mark Manson shares 5 Massive Books That Are Worth Your Time (as in, physically hefty)
Just for Fun
- My dad sent me this great piece from Byron Fry on reflections from his recent (reluctant) trip to New York, Newport Yankee Charlie. My favorite excerpt:
"But more than anything, New York is culture. Art, in New York or anywhere, is more than humankind’s saving grace: art is FUN. It just is. Its higher purpose is a sharing, among humans, of the best things humanity has to offer to humanity, to the future and to the cosmos. The collective experience, not just among artists but with the audience too, build the zeit and are all a part of the thing."