Thoroughly Thursday - The "Adding My Last Name" Edition
"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursday."
- Douglas Adams (via Arthur Dent)
Welcome to Thoroughly Thursday - the "Adding My Last Name" edition.
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday. Last week, I got a couple messages from friends stating that they didn't recognize the email initially since I didn't put my last name, and just signed off as "Scott". In retrospect, that was pretty self-centered, since I'm sure there are at least two (maybe three) other "Scotts" in the world (and perhaps a country). Sorry.
What I'm Reading -
This week I've been reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. The central premise is that we all have the same amount of hours each week (168), regardless of how we spend it. She also comments that in our "I'm so stressed" culture, there is a perverse sort of pride in talking about time-strapped and overworked we are ("I only sleep four hours a night because I have to write this novel" "Only I sleep two hours while standing up because I'm revolutionalizing veterinarian surgery using ball point pens"). She counters that the people who seem to "do it all" aren't better at time-management but priority-management. She recommends doing a time makeover and then logging all your activities (and I mean all of them) for a week to see how much you're actually working versus vacantly checking out Facebook.
What I'm Watching -
This weekend, my younger daughter and I spent $6 to be one of the last people to see "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in the theater. Meh.
However, I would recommend checking out Kurzgestat - In a Nutshell. Though not specifically a training company, they make incredibly clever animated videos on a variety of subjects, including ones on banking, nuclear fusion, addiction and the end of modern warfare.
What I'm Listening to -
Podcasts! I'm a bit of a podcast junkie. Though I listen to many, some of my favorites are Slate's Whistlestop, Freakonomics Radio, and Radiolab (especially the episode From Tree to Shining Tree which was amazing).
What I've been thinking about -
"Happiness depends on expectations rather than objective conditions. We don't become satisfied by leading a peaceful and prosperous existence. Rather, we become satisfied when reality matches our expectations" - Yuval Noah Harari
What I'm Doing (for work) -
Writing. I have a new article that was published yesterday at TrainingIndustry.com about developing collaborative teams at work. In nearly any organization, operational bottlenecks will develop unless managers consider how workflow moves between departments and plan accordingly. The article is pretty short (about a 5min read). However, if you want just the highlights, you can download Five Suggestions to Limit Bottlenecks at Work (no sign-up required) which takes about 1min to read.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
P.S. If you are interested in how to bring mindfulness into your work or office, join me as world-class instructional designer Julie Winkle Giulioni presents Mindful Leadership: It's Not All About Meditation, a free hour-long webinar on September 12th, 2017, Noon Pacific.