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How To Make Better Decisions: 4 Helpful Strategies When You’re Stuck

How To Make Better Decisions: 4 Helpful Strategies When You’re Stuck

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.

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2,000 Books Is Not Enough

2,000 Books Is Not Enough

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.

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Take A Break: Social Media Sabbaticals + News Vacations

Take A Break: Social Media Sabbaticals + News Vacations

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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I Feel Like An Awkward Teenager Again

I Feel Like An Awkward Teenager Again

We’re 90 days into shelter-in-place and social distancing, and I’m beginning to feel the affects on my energy, mental stability, and emotional resilience. To be honest, I feel like a 14-year old teenager again. I notice that I feel way more uncomfortable, insecure, and worried about what other people think about me, at least more than I typically do. Remember age fourteen? Yeah, I never thought I’d be back there again, but my brain and my mood feel eerily like I did when I was a teenager. This is not easy.

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Anti-Racism Resources: Books, Conversations and People Leading The Charge

Anti-Racism Resources: Books, Conversations and People Leading The Charge

Whenever I read an article or see a headline that says, “The surprising racist history of…” I think, wait, this shouldn’t be surprising because the United States and much of the colonial and Western worlds were built on the backbone of slavery, oppression, and racism. There is racism in everything. Including ourselves. This should not be a surprise. There is racism everywhere, in everything.

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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 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.)

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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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// Big Life Questions

How Not To Lose Your Mind

How Not To Lose Your Mind

The next few days and weeks are going to challenge us, a lot. Having everything suddenly shift and having our lives disrupted this much is a huge deal. Here are seven ways to stay sane.

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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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// Decision Making

Why I Tracked Every Book I Read in 2017

This year, I decided to track all of the books I read to see what was making it's way into my mind. As part of my year of devotion and paying more attention to where I spend my mental energy, I kept a running list of all of the books I read. I also tracked the order I read the books, as well as a short summary of each on my...

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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 People Work

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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Don’t Forget To Sleep (If You Can)

Don’t Forget To Sleep (If You Can)

These last few weeks have been long and tumultuous. As we move forward collectively we will go through some phases in our journey. In the beginning, there’s a dawning realization, awareness, and information gathering that happens. We begin resourcing and preparing and responding—however we each respond.

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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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// Conscious Community

One Hiring Mistake I See New Entrepreneurs Make All The Time

“I’ll start a podcast and interview people I know,” someone says. Twenty episodes in, and they realize that they’ve accidentally interviewed people that look identical—all one gender, all one race. Did they do it on purpose? Of course not. Most people don’t mean to. We don’t set out to say “Hey look, I think I’ll create the most biased podcast out there and only interview people that look like me.” But when we don’t pay attention, this happens over and over again. Here’s why it happens, why it’s important to notice it, and when to intervene to change it.

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How to Give Great Advice (and Why Most Advice Doesn’t Work)

It’s fun to brainstorm, to be clever, to solve things. But sometimes other people don’t need us to solve their problem, offer advice, or jump in with the perfect story. Sometimes they just need us to listen. Listening isn’t being quiet: it’s an active process. And it takes work to listen well. Here are a few strategies for being better at giving advice (without giving advice).

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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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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.