These links are references and ideas that I have found helpful for better work and life. They’re organized around four concepts–Effective at Work, Happiness & Fulfillment, Stability & Logistics, and Growth & Change.
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Effective at Work
Writing clarifies your thoughts, opens doors, creates connection, yields perspective, builds self-awareness, and slows down time.
“…the next thing most like living one’s life over again seems to be a recollection of that life, and to make that recollection as durable as possible by putting it down in writing.” – Ben Franklin
- Grammarly is a grammar checker with browser integrations
- Hemingway App is an online tool to help with concise writing
- Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott, has incredible tools, including the one-inch frame, sh*tty first drafts, and “bird by bird.”
- Sriram Krishnan maintains a page of interesting business memos
- Journaling is the simplest entry point to writing–I appreciate Michael Hyatt’s resources on the topic here, here, and here.
- The Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto explains writing effectively for work
Simple trackers are surprisingly effective for sharing reality with skeptical audiences, including yourself.
Books I’ve enjoyed on being effective.
Happiness & Fulfillment
Stress and Burnout
Links I’ve found helpful for stress relief and preventing burnout
- Adam Grant‘s podcast episode “Burnout is Everyone’s Problem” encourages celebrating small victories and finding meaning
- Anne Helen Petersen’s investigation of burnout highlights important aspects, including debt burden and technology
- This HBR article with tips from David Kessler is spectacular, and his book on facing grief, Finding Meaning, has great advice
- For me, personally, the daily practice most effective at reducing stress is taking B and D vitamins – article here.
Faith & Spirituality
My Christian faith is an important part of my fulfillment and happiness. Here are recent reads I’ve enjoyed.
- The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer, and the companion workbook How to Unhurry
- Living Life Backward by David Gibson is a study of Ecclesiastes, that deals largely with grief and mortality
- Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans is a series of reflections on faith and religion
- Whisper by Max Batterson is a book on prayer
- St. Ignatius’s exercises available in an abbreviated form online here.