5 Reads: Joy at Work, the Radical Act of Listening, Structuring Your Workday, and More

Here are five articles that have me thinking…

Making Joy a Priority at Work
Alex Liu. Harvard Business Review

Key Quote: “Life is a vector requiring both force and direction. The pursuit of happiness sets the direction, but feeling joy provides the daily confirmation that we are doing exactly what we should be doing, for the company and for the teammates who energize our efforts.” Read the rest here.

Your Outdoor Pursuits Make You Better at Your Job
Alex Hutchinson. Outdoor Magazine

Key Quote: “Sure, wilderness appreciation is not on the curriculum at fine arts schools, but I think the parallels are strong. The lessons you learn and the perspectives you gain from outdoor hobbies inevitably inform your approach to challenges in other areas of your life. Running a marathon or climbing a peak will make you a better scientist or businessperson.” Read the rest here.

It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done
Tim Herrera. The New York Times

Key Quote: “Somewhat paradoxically, research has shown that satisficers are more satisfied with their decisions than maximizers are. In other words, just getting it done — whether that’s a decision you have to make or work you have to do — will leave you more satisfied than if you had agonized over the task in the pursuit of perfection. Even better, you’ll actually finish.” Read the rest here.

There’s an optimal way to structure your day—and it’s not the 8-hour workday
Travis Bradberry. Quartz

Key Quote: “The ideal work-to-break ratio was 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest. People who maintained this schedule had a unique level of focus in their work. For roughly an hour at a time, they were 100% dedicated to the task they needed to accomplish.” Read the rest here.

Why Listening is the Most Radical Act
Mirabai Bush. Mindful

Key Quote: “When we begin to act by listening, the rest follows naturally. It’s not so easy, of course—it requires us to give up preconceived ideas, judgments, and desires in order to allow space to hear what is being said. True listening requires a deep respect and a genuine curiosity about situations as well as a willingness just to be there and share stories.” Read the rest here.

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