Christine Carter’s book, The Sweet Spot: How to Find your Groove at Home and Work (2015), is an entertaining literature review of positive psychology research. I found myself nodding along each time she deftly summarized the high points of a scholar’s work in two or three breezy pages.
Have you ever made this mistake after dark?
As a grad student and in my first years as an assistant professor, I would sometimes get a great idea in the middle of the night, and spend a few hours typing away at the computer. Awesome for moving my work ahead, but I had a tough time sleeping soundly the next night. Continue reading
One of the tasks of adulthood, IMHO, is to develop one’s own take on productivity. Everyone needs
- a tool kit, and
- a mindset.
Actually meditating every day is tough. “Headspace” makes it easier…and fun!
“Headspace” (my favorite meditation app) and its parent website, headspace.com, feature a series of 365 short guided meditations (male voice, British accent). The first 10 are free (with registration). The meditations have to be done in sequence, as each session builds on the previous day. Graphs chart your progress through the series, and there’s a supportive online community.
No arcane words to learn, no religious content, and no musical soundtrack.
Here’s what happens: Continue reading
Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In keeps generating media coverage, much of it critical, and much of it predicted in her text. I was surprised, however, by how much level-headed and pithy commentary around time-management Sandberg included. Continue reading