I’ve been measuring, taking count, noting moments of life.
During my work days, I’m a list-maker. I write to-do lists mostly because I have a miserable memory. But I realized they weren’t helping me see my overall progress. So I started keeping a “Today I Accomplished or Created….” google spreadsheet. It has two columns: date column, and Accomplished or Created column. I keep it simple and specific: “Outlined next week’s blog post with partner” or “Drafted v1 sponsor satisfaction 5-question survey.” After just a month of making these notes, I’m noticing patterns and gaps in my day-to-day. Surprisingly, this silly practice has seduced me out of the forest and onto a mountaintop. Forget about getting lost in email or having my focus interrupted by pesky tasks; I’m now making darn sure I can say I accomplished or created something significant each day.
On the topic of measuring, this article is so good. “Almost every 8 day included some element of novelty” - I tracked my mood every hour for a month. Here’s what I learned about happiness
The powerful ways in which we are capable of forgiving—and reconciling - Portraits of Reconciliation
I spent 5 years working in the restaurant industry. I still learned some things about tipping - Everything You Don’t Know About Tipping
This essay knocked the wind out of me, then pulled me back to my feet and gave me a swift kick in the britches - When You’re at the Crossroads of Should and Must
I’ve been obsessing over France. I even created a Pinterest board (and we all know that means business) - Why French Women Wear Scarves