Posts tagged work
What did you spend your weekend doing?

What did you spend your weekend doing?

I want to ask this question of you, not to shame, compare or applaud, but only that you might ask it of yourself. I don’t need to know what you did — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are aware of how you are spending your time.

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Let the Future Work for You

Buridan's Donkey - named after French philosopher Jean Buridan - is an illustration in philosophy in which a donkey that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed exactly midway between a stack of hay and a trough of water. Assuming that the donkey would choose whichever is closest, it would die, unable to make a rational decision and choose one over another.

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The truth about finding fulfillment in your work.

Friday, I had lunch with my boss. We talked about the usual stuff - how's work, what are you learning, what can I help you with etc. But somewhere along in the conversation, we trailed off on how the company got started and how it's transformed over the years into what it is today. He said it all started because he wasn't being challenged creatively where he worked before. But now, thirteen years later, the focus of the company has changed. It's not about him anymore. He told me that his passion is in seeing young, whippersnappers like me (maybe not in those exact words) come in to work on Monday morning excited about the creative challenges ahead. To provide opportunity for the team to become a better version of themselves, leveraging our unique strengths, honing our craft and creating something new and beautiful, together.

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How to shorten the amount of time to complete a task

There's an old adage called Parkinson's Law which states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

We see great examples of this when we're tasked with writing a report (either for work or school - it doesn't matter). When we allot ourselves an afternoon, it takes the entire afternoon to complete. If, on the other hand, we wait until the last minute, we find that we can whip one out in less than an hour.

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If you aren't passionate about anything, here's what you need to do.

I've long believed that passion begets mastery. Not the other way around. But as I've come to realize more about how social structures and the human mind work, I'm beginning to wonder if I have been wrong. Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss featuring Kevin Kelly, I heard him explain it this way:

What you really want to do is master something and to use your mastery of something as a way to get to your passion. So if you start with just passion, it's sort of paralyzing because some people aren't lucky enough to know what they're passionate about.

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The 40-hour-a-week-er's Guide to Rescuing Time

There is an assumption among those who work full time that certain suggestions don't apply to them:

  • pursue what you love
  • do more interesting things
  • travel
  • don't be boring

Somehow, these encouragements for everyone are misconstrued as commands to the sluggards and the couch potatoes. Well, here's your post! This one goes out to the 40-hour-a-week-ers!

Your time matters too.

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