New York Times’ My Year of No Shopping by Anne Patchett:
- Make rules for your no shopping year
- “Elissa said she gave people time, a certificate to watch their kids or clean their house. ‘That,’ she told me, ‘turned out to be the hardest thing. Time is so valuable.'”
- “If you want something, wait awhile. Chances are the feeling will pass.”
- “My first few months of no shopping were full of gleeful discoveries. I ran out of lip balm early on and before making a decision about whether lip balm constituted a need, I looked in my desk drawers and coat pockets. I found five lip balms. Once I started digging around under the bathroom sink I realized I could probably run this experiment for three more years before using up all the lotion, soap and dental floss. It turns out I hadn’t thrown away the hair products and face creams I’d bought over the years and didn’t like; I’d just tossed them all under the sink.”
- “Not shopping saves an astonishing amount of time. In October, I interviewed Tom Hanks about his collection of short stories in front of 1,700 people in a Washington theater. Previously, I would have believed that such an occasion demanded a new dress and lost two days of my life looking for one. In fact, Tom Hanks had never seen any of my dresses, nor had the people in the audience. I went to my closet, picked out something weather appropriate and stuck it in my suitcase. Done.”
- “Once I stopped looking for things to buy, I became tremendously grateful for the things I received.”
- “Not shopping frees up a lot of space in your brain.”
I found this post 10 Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions by MARELISA and I want to try some of the suggestions like:
- “Follow a Monthly 30-Day Challenge. Come up with a list of twelve 30-day challenges, and complete one for each month of the year. What’s a 30-day challenge? A 30-day challenge consists of setting a small goal that can be achieved in 30 days, along with the specific action that you’ll be taking each day to achieve the goal.”
- “Take a Yearly Challenge.”
- “Create a List of Things to Look Forward To.”
- “Decide on One-Word for the Year.”
- “Reboot an Area of Your Life”
- “Take a Life Audit. One option for the new year is to take a life audit. How are you doing in life? If you were to grade yourself in each of your life areas–relationships, work, finances, health, and so on–how would you do? What areas need improvement? What do you need to do to “raise your grade”?” To read: How to Conduct a Life Audit
- “Take On a 365-Day Project. For a 365-day project, you pick something that you’re going to do every single day of the new year. Like what? Here are some examples:Take a photograph every single day of the year and post it on Instagram.
Write 750 words every day of the year.
Wake up at the same time every day of the year.
Read a short story every day of the year.”
I read this article It’s never too late to succeed: How this 60-year-old founder took her business from zero to $500 million in 6 years. Aside from learning Julie Wainwright’s inspiring story, I also learned this:
“A recent CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey of more than 2000 small-business owners found that almost 30 percent launched a small business between the ages of 55 and 64. And another 22 percent were 65 and older.”
Modern society though has almost obliterated the experience of boredom. Bored? Go on the internet. Bored? Play Candy Crush. Bored? Talk to your friends through social media. I thought this was a good thing, but according to the article I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being bored, the experience of getting bored is linked to higher levels of creativity. So if you never experience it, you might be lessening your chances of coming up with original ideas.
The article says: “Indeed, research suggests that people who want to come up with creative ideas would do well to let their minds drift. A 2014 study in theJournal of Experimental Social Psychology found that bored people “are more likely to engage in sensation seeking”—that is, to look for activities or sights that engage their minds and stimulate the brain’s reward centers. These people are more prone to “divergent thinking styles”—the ability to come up with creative new ideas. “Thus, boredom may encourage people to approach rewards and spark associative thought.”
“Coming up with a boring task (especially a reading task),” the authors conclude, “might help with coming up with a more creative outcome.” This may be because boredom can inspire “lateral thinking”—a form of engaging your mind to seek a more creative solution to the problem at hand because the obvious one is just not very interesting. So before you sit down to write, paint, or brainstorm a new project, it may be smart to spend some time washing the dishes or weeding the lawn—the better to set your brain roaming.”
Super funny and inspiring
Harvard Business Review published “Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers” by Kabir Sehgal. Here are some interesting excerpts:
“My corporate job paycheck subsidizes my record producing career…At the same time, I typically invite my corporate clients to recording sessions. For someone who works at an office all day, it’s exciting to go “behind-the-scenes” and interact with singers, musicians, and other creative professionals. While I was in Cuba making an album, one of my clients observed about the dancing musicians, “I’ve never been around people who have so much fun at work.” That my clients have a phenomenal experience only helps me drive revenue at work, so my corporate and recording careers are mutually beneficial.”
“For example, one of my clients wanted to understand what Chinese citizens were saying to each other. Because I am an author, I have gotten to know other writers, so I reached out to my friend who was a journalist at a periodical that monitors chatter in China…By being in different circles, you can selectively introduce people who would typically never meet and unlock value for everyone.”
“When you work different jobs, you can identify where ideas interact — and more significantly, where they should interact.”