I write about workplace best practices, building better teams, and how to deal with the growing culture of always-on, nonstop work expectations. There are massive changes that are happening in knowledge workplace that affect us across industries, because they influence our behavior, psychology, and innovation: we are dealing with crises of burnout, addiction, and loneliness. I advocate for the importance of empathy, connection, kindness, and behavior change in addressing these problems—for both companies as well as individuals.
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Decision paralysis is real. Sometimes when I have a huge decision looming ahead of me, it’s hard to figure out what to do. Just the other day, I met with my operations planning team, and we reviewed the pile of work that I had on my plate ahead of me. My lead operations person looked at me and said “Sarah, you have to make some tough decisions here. You no longer have enough bandwidth to complete all of this.” We had to get real about the time we had, and the projects we could do. The hardest part? Decision making. I’ve written before about why making decisions is so hard. Today I want to share four strategies you can lean on when you feel stuck and don’t know your next move.
Since starting my social media break last week, I’ve noticed something interesting. I’m hungry for more books. Books feel like a breath of fresh air. Like a complete conversation in a world that’s forgotten what more than a sentence feels like. The comparison between a book and Twitter is divine, and real. I’m back on track to read 50 books this year, but I want to read more. Here’s how I’ll do it.
I felt giddy. It turns out, being separated from your phone doesn’t feel like problem, it feels like freedom. The tether in my pocket was gone, and I could be right here, with people, full attention and absorption. The music overwhelmed, surrounded me. The innovation sank into me. Each line was a delight, and because it was improv, it was here—and then it wasn’t. My laughter felt larger, full-bodied, round. My face was open-mouthed with rapture and love and the full sensation of music, not just in my ears, but a part of me. To be honest, being away from my phone felt like being high.
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The caretaking crisis that’s coming in America is not just about women and children: it’s also about millennials, men, executive leaders, and seniors.
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When we defend our own time, we remind others of our boundaries and we are remind ourselves that we are worthy of it.
Change requires action, but what if you’re stuck and don’t know how to move forward? Use these four questions to help you quickly get moving again
Burnout can affect anyone, and is increasingly found across everyone from employees to leaders. Here’s how to build a “Resiliency Toolkit” to support you in the short-term and long term.
Ever start a new job and realize it wasn’t everything you were promised? Avoid the post-hire let down by asking the right questions during the interview.
Have trouble talking about yourself? You need a better narrative and it starts with visualization — yes, really.
Big life questions: What makes a life worth living? What will you do with your one “wild and precious life”? How will you design the arc of your time here on the planet? Let’s ask big questions.
Business + entrepreneurship: Oh, the glamour of startup life. What makes businesses work, and entrepreneurs thrive? What are some of the less-known stories about making it as a business owner?
Conscious community: How do you craft a conscious community that you want to be a part of? How do you connect with great people, join a mastermind, or build a brain trust to elevate your work? Join me in studying how to connect deeply with others, build trust, make friends (as adults!) and find peers who resonate deeply with you.
Crafting your career: In the new world of work, you have to take responsibility for designing the arc of your own body of work. What will your career look like? What projects will you be a part of? In crafting your career, what’s most important to you about what you do?
Decision making: Making decisions is hard. Not making them is even harder. When you learn to make decisions quickly, effectively, and with uncertain information, you stay fast. The secret to getting ahead is getting started, the secret to getting started lies in decision making.
Health + wellness: In my time as a college swimmer, yoga teacher, and longtime athlete, I look at both physical and mental health as critical to our overall well being. These stories come from athleticism, sport, triumph, food, energy, and spirituality perspectives.
How people work: Why do we do the things we do? This series of essays looks at human behavior, habits, psychology, and the weird ways that people act, behave, and think.
Less is more: Living minimally and simply. When we consciously choose to live with less, designing our lives around simplicity, minimalism, and intention, we learn, paradoxically, that less is more.
Mindfulness: Living a life of mindfulness involves a gentle inquiry into gratitude, simplicity, meditation, awareness, and using your curiosity and wonder to guide you.
Motherhood: The journey through pregnancy, postpartum, motherhood, and becoming a parent: what it’s like to start a family and raise kids.
Podcasting: Why I started a podcast, the best interview questions, how to start your own podcast, and more.
Reading list: Find great books to add to your reading list. With book notes, round-up lists of great seasonal books, and hundreds of hours of research, I’ll bring you dozens of good books to read, updated regularly. Want to get smarter, faster? Read my book notes and skim my recommendations for what to read (and what to skip).
Writing practice: Want to develop a great writing practice? Get the latest research and tips on writing, developing a writing practice, and building your writing habit. Study famous writers so you can improve. Learn new writing tips, frameworks, and strategies for creating great narratives, stories, and articles.