Busy. Everyone's favorite frenemy. We love to say we're busy, feel busy, and schedule ourselves within an inch of our lives. However, this "busy-ness" can cause overwhelm, harm our well-being, and limit our capacity. Get beyond busy to take control of your health and your life.
One afternoon last week, I found myself staring at a draft of an email. I was mid-sentence and just...could not focus. After reading and re-reading the words I had already managed to get down, I finally hit save and closed the draft. A lack of focus is just one more message our brains are sending us that we can listen and learn from.
If you've been thinking about asking for flexibility at the office, I encourage you to go for it. Several studies have found that flexibility at work makes us happier, healthier, and less prone to burnout. Once you've decided to go for it, try these tactics to increase the likelihood you'll get a resounding YES.
We live in a world where there is always more work to be done than hours in the day. We are beholden to strategic plans, work plans, road maps, targets, deadlines, and funnels. We live with constant change, where opportunities come and go faster than we can qualify ourselves to take advantage of them. We have a planet that needs saving, systems that need repairing, and a population in need of healing. In short, there is a lot to do.
Social media is much lamented for being destructive to our well-being - and with good reason. The comparison trap, the ease at which fake information can pass itself off as real, and the unrealistic expectations that curation and filters put on our lives can be detrimental. However, it doesn't have to be this way. You…
We all know it's important to take time off. Breaks, rest, and of course, vacation are critical for our creativity, productivity and well-being. However, Project Time Off found that more than half of Americans leave vacation time on the table each year. On top of that, many Americans plan to work while on vacation, negating the refreshing effects of rest and disconnection.
Many of the inconveniences that contribute to chronic stress and frustration are caused by the little, everyday things. Not being able to find your keys/sunglasses/umbrella when you leave the house in the morning. Someone canceling a meeting at the last minute. Lunch spilling in your bag during the morning commute. Missing the bus or train. The "guaranteed by delivery date" comes and goes with no delivery. Little things have the potential to derail our day, throw us off our game, and leave us in a funk, but it doesn't have to be this way.