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Month: September 2015

Three Course Thursday – Shadow Work and Busyness

Three Course Thursday – Shadow Work and Busyness

This post is part of a weekly series called “Three Course Thursday”. Each week, I post links to articles I’ve been digging which focus on improving yourself – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Think of it as a weekly three-course meal for self-improvement.

This week is a bit different. I’m only posting one article, as it hits on a very important topic which deserves undivided attention.

Shadow Work and the Rise of Middle-Class Serfdom” (via artofmanliness.com) addresses the rise of “shadow work”. What is shadow work? “The unpaid tasks we do on behalf of businesses and organizations”, according to Dr. Craig Lambert, who has written a book on the subject: “Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day“.

Both Brett’s article and Dr. Lambert’s book discuss why we modern-day humans often feel so busy, overworked, and tired, despite the fact that we’re actually working less hours “on the clock” than our equivalents did a century ago.

I hope this article helps us question the activities that fill our day-to-day lives. Is our attention and focus going toward truly meaningful work, or are we draining our limited cognitive resources on being “busy”?

Three Course Thursday – Cholesterol, Self-Control, and Work Attitudes

Three Course Thursday – Cholesterol, Self-Control, and Work Attitudes

This post is part of a weekly series called “Three Course Thursday”. Each week, I post links to articles I’ve been digging which focus on improving yourself – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Think of it as a weekly three-course meal for self-improvement.

On to this week’s Three Course Thursday!

Physical: “Everything You Know About Cholesterol Is Wrong” (via artofmanliness.com) – Luckily, this is becoming common knowledge. Let’s speed up the pace – there’s still WAY too many people who think “cholesterol = bad” without knowing the details.

Mental: “This Is the Top Predictor of Success in Life” (via time.com) – Hint: “This” in the title refers to self control. Self control predicts success – even more so than IQ.

Spiritual: “Attitude to Work” (via speakingtree.in) –  “Since any institution or organisation has a bigger impact than the individual,we need to incorporate right practices in the way we work together.” Check out this article to learn more about incorporating spirituality into the workplace.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Three Course Thursday – Weight Judgment, Stress Episodes, and Active Meditation Techniques

Three Course Thursday – Weight Judgment, Stress Episodes, and Active Meditation Techniques

This post is part of a weekly series called “Three Course Thursday”. Each week, I post links to articles I’ve been digging which focus on improving yourself – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Think of it as a weekly three-course meal for self-improvement.

On to this week’s Three Course Thursday!

Physical: “Science says people determine your competence, intelligence, and salary based on your weight” (via businessinsider.com) – Whether it’s fair or not can be debated, but there’s no doubting that people make assumptions about others based on physical appearance. The lesson? Control what you can control.

Mental: “A Simple Yet Powerful Way to Handle A Stress Episode” (via hbr.org) – Stress episodes tend to strike at the most inopportune moment. Don’t let acute stress ruin your next job interview – let Monique Valcour guide you through the RAIN technique, a simple tool for handling stress episodes.

Spiritual: “3 Modern Meditation Techniques That End Stress in 15 Minutes A Day” (via pickthebrain.com) – What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word “meditation”? If you answered “sitting still, in a quiet field, with my legs crossed, chanting ‘Ohmmmm’ “, then let this article disprove some common assumptions. Although some people are able to sit still while meditating, many others find it frustrating, or cannot find the time to do so. This article highlights 3 ways to start the practice that don’t involve closing your eyes and sitting still.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Three Course Thursday – Injury Recovery, Mental Illness, and Peace of Mind

Three Course Thursday – Injury Recovery, Mental Illness, and Peace of Mind

This post is part of a weekly series called “Three Course Thursday”. Each week, I post links to articles I’ve been digging which focus on improving yourself – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Think of it as a weekly three-course meal for self-improvement.

On to this week’s Three Course Thursday!

Physical: “Nutrition for injury recovery“(infographic via precisionnutrition.com) – John Berardi drops knowledge on how to eat better to speed up your recovery.

Mental: “7 Mental Illness Myths People Still Believe” (via huffingtonpost.com) – I know, click-bait title. But, we still have a LONG way to go when it comes to treating mental illness. Awareness is the first step. #4 is incredibly important.

Spiritual: “Loving-Kindness as a Path to Inner Peace” (via inspiremetoday.com) – Are you looking for peace of mind and happiness externally, or internally?

Let me know what you think in the comments.