Happiness, Soul Music and Deep Work

Here are few things I’m enjoying, reading, watching and trying.

What I’m watching:
Probably the funniest TED talk I’ve seen. Definitely, one of their most popular speeches since it began. Psychologist Shawn Achor talks about the happy secret to better work.

In short, during his research, he found that most companies and schools say “if I work harder, I’ll be more successful. And if I’m more successful, then I’ll be happier”.

He debunks this as a myth and says we instead push the goal of happiness further away, chasing it, always moving the goalposts. It’s actually more important to be happy in the present moment. Gratitude journaling is the answer he says.

An interesting App I’m using:
Headspace. This is a guided meditation tool in your pocket. I use it for my morning meditation and when I’m going to sleep. The sleep section is incredible. I have trouble switching off, and this has been a godsend, I’m literally asleep before the ten minutes is through.

I’ve been in and out of practising meditation based on how I’m feeling, but this is worth the yearly subscription cost. Can you put a price on mental health? I’m a big believer that we need to start treating our psychological health more like our physical health.

A new habit I’m trying to develop:
Daily gratitude journalling, I spoke about his briefly in my new morning routine. It’s been a tricky one to be consistent with, but sitting at the end of the day and writing one to three things I’m grateful for happening that day is beautiful.

I started a 21 Day Challenge with my brother Ben. But I skipped a few days in the first week due to working late and having dinner with friends who were in town.

Perfection doesn’t come straight away, so going to keep trying until I get it for the full 21 days in a row. You can see the results straight away, which is the best part.

What I'm reading:
Deep Work by Cal Newport. This book is a revelation for me, I spoke about it a little last week, but I’m 63 pages in and loving every single thing I’m learning.

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a demanding task. I’m going to do a full Journal on the skill of deep work once I’ve thoroughly digested the book and got better at it myself.

A cracking article I read the other day is this one (thanks for the link Pat).  It talks about things to give up to be more successful. My favourite is about giving up multi-tasking. Winston Churchill summed it up best when he said: “you will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks”.

Music I’m listening to:
Half Mile Harvest by The Tesky Brothers. The whole album is incredible. They’re from Melbourne and have so much soul.

What are you reading, listening to, watching or trying at the moment? I’d love to know. Send me your recommendations.

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