Vacationing Is Good For You

“Before you can go to the Bahamas for a week, don’t you first need to learn how to tolerate an entire elevator ride without checking your email?”

This Slate article explains why we need to take more vacation and offers examples of how some companies get more of their employees to do so. Definitely something you don’t need to teach the Swiss, but seems to be the case here in the US.


(via Josh Spector’s newsletter)

Children

Meet the Perennials

“We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push up against our growing edge and know how to hustle. We comprise an inclusive, enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.”

Gina Pell on the Perennials, the growing group of people who aren’t bound by age in the way most people in society used to be.

Be Generous

“Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.”

Part of a post by Maria Popova in which she shares 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings.

Remember this:

Feeling Inferior

This quote!

(via The little Book of Confidence)

Instant Gratification

“Everything is instant gratification and the problem is too many people have applied that instant gratification to their careers and to their lives.”
— Simon Sinek

Watch the talk.

Beauty

Beauty

(via DesignCrush)

Hope

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”
– Suzanne Collins

To-Do List Make Over

“One of the reasons that so many of the tasks on our to-do lists end up woefully undone is because we have to go to meetings, and we have to do email; they create their own urgency. But if you want to make sure that you regularly accomplish meaningful work—the type of work that helps you advance your career, push forward important projects, or expand your skill set—you have to make time for it. (Productivity guru Stephen Covey calls this putting the “big rocks” in first.)

It so obvious yet I have never done it, but carving out time for ‘meaningful work’ is the first thing I’ll start doing after reading this article by Jocelyn G. Klei.

The Artist

“It seems that two qualities are necessary if a great artist is to remain creative to the end of a long life; he must on the one hand retain an abnormally keen awareness of life, he must never grow complacent, never be content with life, must always demand the impossible and when he cannot have it, must despair. The burden of the mystery must be with him day and night.”
Goethe

Reflection

“The image that concerns most people is the reflection they see in other people’s minds.”
– Edward de Bono

One Can Steal Ideas

“One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.”
– Tim Ferriss

(via)

Do Nothing

“To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.”
— Oscar Wilde

(via Jocelyn)

Present

“Confine yourself to the present.”
– Marcus Aurelius

Stop Worrying

“…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying….”
Amelia Erhart

Library Burning

“When an old person dies it’s like a library burning.”

Overheard at The Nantucket Project

Procrastinate

“… to procrastinate is to mourn the precariousness of your creation even before you bring it into the world.”

Why Do Anything? A Meditation on Procrastination, by Costica Bradatan

(via)

Your Reputation

“The single best way to maintain your reputation is to do things you’re proud of. Gaming goes only so far.”
– Seth Godin

Three things to keep in mind about your reputation

Enlarge the Box

“Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.”

The Art of Possibility, by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander

(via Paul)

Email Zombies

“There are two types of emailers: reactors, who rely on notifications and near-constant monitoring of their inboxes to nibble away at their email throughout the day, and batchers, who set aside specific chunks of time to power through their email, so they can ignore it the rest of the day. Not surprisingly, batchers are significantly more productive when it comes to getting shit done, and according to recent research, they’re also less stressed and more happy.”

Don’t Let Email Zombies Eat Up Your Day, by Jocelyne K. Glei

Character

Character

Happiness Floats

“It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness. With sadness there is something to rub against, a wound to attend with lotion and cloth. When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up, something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change. But happiness floats. It doesn’t need you to hold it down. It doesn’t need anything… Since there is no place large enough to contain so much happiness, you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you into everything you touch. You are not responsible. You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.”
– Naomi Shihab Nye

(via Emilie)

Letting Go

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
– Hermann Hesse

Creativity

“there is no healthier drug than creativity.”
― Nayyirah Waheed