Since the pandemic began, I’ve focused a lot on the pursuit of happiness. I wanted to keep my spirits up. I took the free Science of Well-Being course through Coursera, I listened to happiness podcasts, I kept a wellness journal where I recorded things I was grateful for, exercise, meditation, beauty and excellence I appreciated, … Continue reading Happiness ensues
I hate feeling disappointed in people, especially when I know they have huge potential but don’t take initiative, they don’t motivate towards their talents or skills, or simply when there’s work that needs to be done and they don’t take action to do it. After reading Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, I … Continue reading How to nudge towards self-motivation
Work that taps into our humanity. Routine work can be outsourced or automated; artistic, empathic, nonroutine work generally cannot. — from Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink Continue reading What motivates us?
I am super excited. I’m about to start on an entirely new and foreign-to-me part of the country on my Andrea Reads America reading project: Idaho. What I’m most giddy about is that there is an author I’ve been hearing about for years — on book podcasts and in my book-nerd circles — and I’ve … Continue reading Delaying gratification
Everything that gave her pleasure was small and depressed him. – “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” Flannery O’Connor When I first read that quote, it made me laugh. Then, it puzzled me. It made me question myself*, because most things that give me pleasure are small: a flaky pastry, a smooth cup of coffee, the … Continue reading Motivation
I’m a scheduler. A list-maker. A spreadsheet junkie. If I’m going to make a resolution work, I have to make a plan for it. And while I like having a plan, I don’t like making a plan. I find putting all the pieces together, and remembering all the pieces, to be incredibly taxing. On our … Continue reading Housekeeping schedule: Dailies & Weeklies