Fidget spinners

Fidget spinners are having their biggest moment since their emergence in the 1990s. Except this time the main problem isn’t ADD or anxiety relief but rather our mobile phone addiction. The main reason fidget spinners are hitting mainstream is to help escape the glow of our devices. Our smartphones are dopamine producers. When something is […]

Obsessed with productivity

Skip breakfast. Shorten your work week to four hours. Strengthen your focus. The obsession with productivity is getting out of hand. Why do humans want to maximize their output so they can become more like computers? What are we going to do with the extra time, do even more work? Perhaps, but only if the […]

Ready, Rock Steady

The more you work the more you make, at least it appears that way. But Søren Kierkegaard thought wiser: “Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.” Henry Miller also disdained overworking: “I’ve found that it […]

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Remember, too, that stress is not a function of events; it’s a function of the view you take of events.You think a particular thing is going to happen and that when it does, it’s going to be awful. But prediction is an illusion. We can’t know what’s going to happen. So give yourself five reasons […]

Today, Just Be Average

The word “perfect” has a Latin root; literally, it means “made well” or “done thoroughly.” Another translation would be “complete.” And yet today, we use it to mean flawless. If you must pursue perfection, at least use the former definition rather than the (unattainable) latter. Mediocrity is one thing to avoid. But so is perfectionism. […]

Work/Life Synthesis

We spend most of our lives at the office. That’s why it’s incredibly important that we really enjoy what we do. Instead of focusing on work/life balance, focus on “weaving” the two together. Connect ideas from work projects to side-projects at home. Work is a laboratory where we can afford to experiment and learn from […]

Creativity is the Greatest Stress Release

I like to stress. Not the version that causes anxiety and makes you bite your lip or grind your teeth out of nerves. I’m talking about good stress, the kind that pushes you to do memorable work. In an interview with Copy Blogger, Seth Godin stated: There are so many opportunities in our world, and […]