First thing's first: big happy birthday wishes to my dad today! He's an instrumental thought-partner on all things Pivot, school, and life, and I'm so grateful for his ongoing inspiration and influence. If you're curious about the cool art, essays and book-writing (and recommending) he's up to, visit his website here and find him on Facebook here :)
Now onto this week's Pivot Podcast . . . are you getting sucked into endless scrolling in Infinity Pools like email, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook? It's okay, we all do. We all know these apps are designed to be addictive. After all, tech is the only industry other than drugs that calls its customers "users."
It's so easy to look back on the day and wonder, "Where on earth did the time go?!" We've drained ourselves of all energy and yet often come up empty, feeling we have nothing to show for it. At least I'll speak for myself and say that's how I feel when inadvertently taking a ride on what John Zeratsky calls the "Busy Bandwagon."
But what do we do about it? How do we "make time" without the same tired productivity principles that have only led to more exhaustion? John is co-author of a new book called Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. We’re cut from the same corporate cloth—he worked at Google for 10 years at YouTube and Google Ventures, and has worked as a designer in the Bay Area for fifteen years before striking out on his own last year. I think you'll love this conversation for practical tips on finding more space and joy in work, and why the opposite of exhaustion isn’t necessarily rest. Listen here »
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RECENT PIVOT PODCASTS
- In addition to the mountains of books and articles for school, I recently read and loved Anand Giridharadas' Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. I'm guilty of what he describes in that 1) I used to work for a big tech company set on "changing the world" all while widening inequality in its surrounding Bay Area and storing wealth offshore to avoid taxes, 2) I often customize my message for companies and 3) I'm one of his much-derided "thought leaders" (!) — and yet I still found his points vital for consideration.
- One class I'm taking is Theological French (I'm starting from scratch, folks!) so when Tim Ferriss recently shared the in-browser translation tool Readlang it caught my eye. I have yet to try it, but it looks like a great language-learning resource!
That's it for now . . . THANK YOU again for reading, for your support, and for being part of this adventure with me.
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