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Four Conversations: Ruts, Decisions, Self-Discipline, and Love

Four Conversations: Ruts, Decisions, Self-Discipline, and Love

If you’re finding it hard to remember what day it is, what time it is, or how to even get started—you’re not alone. Finding a new sense of normal is critical for me right now. Here are four short conversations to help you get out of that zoned-out, spaced-out, fatigued place of mental exhaustion.

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Let’s Talk 13: If More Discipline Isn’t Working

Let’s Talk 13: If More Discipline Isn’t Working

Does self-discipline work? Sometimes yes, but lately for me, and especially during the pandemic, it’s not cutting it. Hustle culture, burnout, and heaping more “discipline” on top of me like an overactive bootcamp coach isn’t getting me to do any of the things I want to do. Here’s what’s working for me instead.

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Who Is Imagining The Future?

Who Is Imagining The Future?

One of the questions we’re all asking about—begging for, really—is what the future might look like. Where are we going, and what does the next year look like? I find myself searching for writers who have thought about this—people who have imagined it, who are dreaming about it, or have studied it. It turns out, there are definitely a few people who have written things like this, from winding forays into five-year futures, to epidemiologists and pandemic researchers thinking through so many of the layered consequences of viral diseases. Here are the people talking about what the future looks like, and a few ways to begin thinking about what’s next.

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Four (Weird) Things To Buy In A Pandemic — Four Things, May 10, 2020

Four (Weird) Things To Buy In A Pandemic — Four Things, May 10, 2020

When things get uncertain, we crave stability and certainty—whether that’s something we can do, something we can buy, or something we can depend on. Shopping is a way to pretend to have certainty. I’m really curious: What have you bought recently that’s made your life at home a little easier? 

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Let’s Talk 12: Try It And See

Let’s Talk 12: Try It And See

If you’re ever stuck or waffling in a decision, here’s a phrase and a short-hand that I love that helps remind me to take action: “Try it and see.” It’s something I use when I don’t know whether or not to do something. (It doesn’t work in ALL instances, but it certainly helps when I’m stuck.)

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Four Things: Productivity Tech Tools To Help My Digital Life

Four Things: Productivity Tech Tools To Help My Digital Life

There are a few digital tools that help save my digital sanity on a regular basis. Sometimes little apps can be so powerful and so dang useful. These tools, in particular, are all about organization, productivity, and focus. Here are four of my favorites (plus a few bonus ones at the end)!

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Adjusting To New Normals — Four Things: April 26, 2020

Adjusting To New Normals — Four Things: April 26, 2020

Everything is different right now, and being home with children while attempting to work and write is bonkers. We'll just start there. Within that, my husband and I are slowly beginning to develop new routines for working and childcare and sanity. We don't have all of...

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Let’s Talk 11: Getting Out Of A Rut

Let’s Talk 11: Getting Out Of A Rut

How do you get out of a rut? When you’re stuck at home, with children or without your brain (or BOTH), how do you get back into a groove and find your way? This episode is for anyone that feels anxious, stressed out, overwhelmed, or unable to complete a to-do list. I’m taking the view that it’s time to learn and adapt to our situation, and figure out the best strategies for us as individuals and how we get through this.

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Let’s Talk 10: Saying Good Morning

Let’s Talk 10: Saying Good Morning

Lately the strangest thing has been happening: I’m finding myself drawn towards social media, and wanting to connect more. So every morning, I’ve been sharing a small snippet of my morning routine on my Facebook page, and it’s turned into my virtual coffee shop. Listen in for how it all works, and why it’s helping me so much right now.

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Let’s Talk 09: Perfume, Coffee, Candle, Lipstick

Let’s Talk 09: Perfume, Coffee, Candle, Lipstick

Making sense of days that make no sense requires new patterns, habits, and routines. For me, trying to muddle through the cacophony of work and children and non-stop days at home is very, very challenging to my brain. So, to help, I’ve been building small rituals into the day to start to cue myself that yes, work is happening now, and yes, it’s a new day. These are some of my favorites.

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You Don’t Have To Be Okay

You Don’t Have To Be Okay

It’s okay not to have it figured out. It’s okay to not be productive. You’re allowed — I mean, even expected — to not be okay right now. It’s okay to be feeling whatever it is that you are feeling—grief, confusion, rage, fog, happiness, joy. Your life is your own, and it’s yours to feel.

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Four Things: Sunday, April 12

Four Things: Sunday, April 12

On Sundays I’ll share with you four things to enjoy—things of beauty, things of note, or things I’ve stumbled across that have given me delight. This is the Four Things Sunday newsletter.

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Let’s Talk 08: A Few More Tiny Habits

Let’s Talk 08: A Few More Tiny Habits

Every morning lately, I’ve been posting a selfie to my Facebook page and my Instagram page. Right now it feels like going to the coffee shop—I get to pop in, say good morning to people all around the world, check-in with my neighbors and parents and friends, and then start the day. In any other moment of my life, I would not have said that going on social media first thing would help me be more productive, but right now is not a normal time.

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Permission To Feel Your Feelings

Permission To Feel Your Feelings

This time we’re living in right now is exhausting, and I’m baffled by all of the extra zeal towards getting more done, and being extra productive, and “making the most” of our quarantine time. I don’t think this is the time to make the most of it. Sure, if you have the energy and the drive to make things, do it. If you’re struggling and scrambling to put things together and pay bills and keep your jobs, I completely understand. But that’s not what I’m hearing from people. People feel vulnerable, they’re struggling to focus, they’re zombied out on their phones, they’re completely overwhelmed by childcare and jobs.

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Let’s Talk 13: If More Discipline Isn’t Working

Let’s Talk 13: If More Discipline Isn’t Working

Does self-discipline work? Sometimes yes, but lately for me, and especially during the pandemic, it’s not cutting it. Hustle culture, burnout, and heaping more “discipline” on top of me like an overactive bootcamp coach isn’t getting me to do any of the things I want to do. Here’s what’s working for me instead.

read more
Let’s Talk 12: Try It And See

Let’s Talk 12: Try It And See

If you’re ever stuck or waffling in a decision, here’s a phrase and a short-hand that I love that helps remind me to take action: “Try it and see.” It’s something I use when I don’t know whether or not to do something. (It doesn’t work in ALL instances, but it certainly helps when I’m stuck.)

read more
Let’s Talk 11: Getting Out Of A Rut

Let’s Talk 11: Getting Out Of A Rut

How do you get out of a rut? When you’re stuck at home, with children or without your brain (or BOTH), how do you get back into a groove and find your way? This episode is for anyone that feels anxious, stressed out, overwhelmed, or unable to complete a to-do list. I’m taking the view that it’s time to learn and adapt to our situation, and figure out the best strategies for us as individuals and how we get through this.

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// Big Life Questions

Screw the fairytales

In my twenties, I was on track to fulfill all the obligations of being a woman in this society: engaged to be married, great job, graduate degree education, wanted to have kids. Society was happy for me, and that ring on my finger was the icing on the cake. The problem? I didn’t like the job, and I was wildly uncertain about the prospect of getting married, even though I’d said yes to the proposal. Then, over the span of a year, I lost my rib (it was taken out of my body through emergency surgery), I lost my fiancé, and I found myself in completely new territory. What happens after the fairy-tale ending? In most books, my engagement would have been the happily-ever-after. Here, I had a new lease on life, and finally, slowly, started listening to myself and what I wanted, instead.

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Three Things To Grow Rich In (That Aren’t Money)

Wealth can be created across more areas than just financially. Sure, monetary wealth can be a beautiful thing, and I’ve got aims to grow wealthy in money. But there’s three areas that are more important to me for wealth than just money. 

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How Will You Measure Your Life? The Art of Managing Yourself

This morning I was fortunate enough to wake up at 5:06am, an hour before my baby wakes up, and I had a rare hour to myself to read, write, and meditate. I picked up an HBR series called “On Managing Yourself” and meandered through Clayton Christensen’s essay, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” These are some of...

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An Answer For Everything

There's an answer for everything. Every choice, every decision, every reason for being. When you feel the impulse to dance, or wiggle, or scream, or wring your hands in frustration. When you think you don't want to go to a meeting, when you hate getting on the subway, when you want to quit working with a client, or a job....

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Take Up Space

Take up space. Take up space with your body. With your gestures, with your height, with your size. If you're petite, take up space. If you're tall, take up space. Fill the room with the weight of your body, and then expand again with the weight of your soul. Take up space with your voice. Lift it high and let it sink low. Take...

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Are You Chasing Productivity At The Expense of Your Soul?

I’m struggling with two competing challenges: being present and mindful, while also chasing the ego-driven aims of “success” and “productivity.” Is there a middle ground? I reached out to my dear friend Mathias Jakobsen, author and creator of Think Clearly, to dissect this competing pull between these two desires. This is the...

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// Decision Making

How Do You Decide What Book to Read Next?

If I could read every (good) book ever made, I would. But, time has a way of limiting us, and I want quality over quantity. Recently I stumbled on a great way of choosing which book to read next. Here’s how it works.

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Eliminate the Thinking

One of my goals is to find a way to minimize the amount of thinking I have to do about any particular subject. My brain is really addicted to thinking. It's one of its favorite things to do. But there's a certain amount of useless thinking that happens about things that don't need as much brain time on them. For example,...

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Why Saying “No” Is A Kindness

I invited two dear friends to join a book club with me. I think their reactions were remarkable. The first said, “No thanks,” directly. “Business books are so oversaturated in my life right now. I’m only reading fiction,” he said. "I can't read another business book right now." Done. Clear. Easy. Being direct is a kindness....

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The Power of Saying Things Out Loud

The power of saying what you want out loud continues to astound me. It was January 1, this year. I was setting goals. I outlined what I wanted to do this quarter — take singing lessons, finish the first draft of my book, a few more things. Being in New York has been challenging at times. It’s a new environment, and all my...

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Why quitting is perfectly okay.

It’s always the same story for me: I start a project, a class, an idea, or a story. I eagerly rush in, align my pencils, lay out my notebooks, and make delirious plans in my calendar. That first day, ideas and dreams pour out of me. Then four days pass. I waver, tired. My calendar seems oppressive. The new habit loses its...

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How to Practice Saying No

I walked into the restaurant and something didn't feel right. The prices were too high, the waiter a little stuffy and dismissive, the air a little cold. I can't tell you exactly what it was, but I do know that my body was decidedly uncomfortable. While none of the particulars was enough to make a fuss—should I complain about...

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// How People Work

Summer Hiatus

Every summer, we take a break as a family—both from work and from business. I also do a social media sabbatical for at least two weeks (sometimes more) based on a series of experiments I conducted and wrote about for Harvard Business Review.

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Slow Down, Don’t Stop, Keep Going

Don't quit, not yet. This is my current mantra—to myself. I thought you might want to hear it as well. I feel behind on nearly everything these days. My life blurred out of focus with the arrival of our second son, and only in May or June of this year, once he hit eight months old, did I feel like I had a small, fleeting grasp...

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Less Time Than We Think

I want to write about something I’m noticing—and struggling with. I don’t have an answer for it. It is, perhaps, a set of observations.When I was younger: in my twenties, I didn’t realize how much of my free time I spent doing things—things that I now try to do all inside of my limited work hours. There are small projects I used to indulge in that occupied pockets of time I no longer have in the same way. Today I want to talk through how work (and projects) eat our time, and why we have less time than we think. And how to deal with it.

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// Conscious Community

Want More Connection?

I have a friend who seems to run into people he knows everywhere he goes. He seems like the most connected person I know. I laughed and asked him how he does it. Here’s what he shared with me.

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The Introvert’s Guide to Networking at a Conference

My friend was recently excited about a conference but terrified of going and getting overwhelmed. He texted me: “Help! do you have any good networking advice for introverts at conferences?"  Conferences are a great way to meet people, and it’s one of the best ways I’ve used to reach out to new people, connect with peers,...

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What Questions Are You Asking? (Three Questions For Reconnection)

We are the questions we ask. We are the way we inquire, curiously, about the world we work in. As I was going through what was (for me), a difficult pregnancy, I looked to my partner and asked, time and time again: "How do I make it through this?"  It's hard to believe now, but there were moments when I didn't know...

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How Do You Feel Before, During, and After?

Today I want to share with you about a way to connect inwardly, with yourself.  But first, a quick story. I work with coaches. A lot of coaches. I've worked with college coaches, swim coaches, book coaches, life coaches... you name it, I like doing it.  One of my most recent coaches has worked with me on...

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RECESS: A FREE AUDIO COURSE

Five minute guided resets for sanity and clarity. Listen to the free samples below or sign up for the full course—also available for free—at sarahkpeck.com/recess

GUIDED STORIES, BREATHWORK & VISUALIZATIONS

When things start to get a little nutty, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help me reset my brain, find sanity again, and get back into flow. This is a free course for everyone who needs it, or you can offer a donation. All proceeds go to the New York City Food Bank.