Do you make lists?

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I read an interesting article about Jack Dorsey’s, founder of Twitter and CEO of Square appearance at a recent event. Did you know that Jack is a huge fan of lists and note-taking? Here is an excerpt from the article:

…the most fascinating bit might be Dorsey’s own use of lists. He told the crowd that he creates notes for each person he meets, building detailed lists of important things that come from meetings with them, or that he’d like to relay to get things done. He also has a “Do” and “Don’t” list that he takes a look at daily.

Jack Dorsey’s daily To-Do List

  • Stay present
  • Be vulnerable
  • Drink only lemon water and red wine
  • Six sets of 20 squats and push-ups every day
  • Run for 3 miles
  • Meditate on this list
  • Stand up straight
  • Spend 10 minutes with a heavy bag
  • Say hello to everyone
  • Get 7 hours of sleep

And the “Don’ts”:

  • Don’t avoid eye contact
  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t set expectations that you can’t meet
  • Don’t eat sugar
  • Don’t drink hard liquor or beer during the weekday

I love to make lists because I have a terrible memory, and need notes like “Do laundry” and “Run report” to remember that those things need to be done. I also feel uncomfortable when something is not done, so once an item is added to the list, I never fail to do it.

But, I never thought about making lists for life-enhancing actions such as “Say hello to everyone” and “Get 7 hours of sleep”. I didn’t think I needed daily reminders to do those, but honestly, it is easy to shrug off the necessity of getting 7 hours of sleep when it is past midnight and there is still work or studying to be done. Jack Dorsey’s method has totally turned my world upside down. What could happen if I started including items like “Stand up straight” and “Don’t set expectations that you can’t meet” on my list? Will I actually do those things?

Here is my list for tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

  • Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Be kind
  • Do some kind of workout
  • Think about how great life is
  • Think about life goals
  • Stand up straight
  • Say hello to everyone
  • Eat 5 servings of vegetables
  • Eat less ice cream. And brownies and cookies. And cake.

Following Orders…Or Not

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How well do you take direction? When someone asks something of you, do you just do it? Or do you put up some resistance? Are you the type that always has to ask, “Why?”

Do you take direction from certain people, but scoff at those you perceive as being on the same level as you or below you?

Do you take orders from someone only if it makes logical sense?

When is it right to say “no” to direction from your teacher, boss, or other higher authority?

When is it best to be humble and to accept that someone who is either wiser, smarter, or has more access to information is in a position to make better decisions?

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It’s the Weekend!

crabHappy Weekend! I’m going crabbing for the first time today. Crabs aren’t quite as delicious as lobsters, but I am excited nonetheless! Anyway, here are some cool sites that I found this week.

I have been daydreaming since I was in kindergarten. My teachers said it was a bad thing, but I still do it =).

This made me laugh…and feel kind of sad. Don’t we all get a little insecure sometimes about being this person?

This woman has made a mark on all our iPhones.

Average is beautiful.

Ahhh I want to surf with dolphins! 

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Ok I’m convinced…where do I submit my resume??

Jamie Dimon, will you adopt me?

Let’s get uncomfortable. Because if we resist it, it’ll happen anyway.

So this is what the insides of the Twitter IPO looks like.

Don’t eat this at fast food places.

Can’t stop listening to this song.

Hope you have a good weekend!

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Schedule Time For Yourself

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I am trapped in a zombie’s body. This has been the craziest week so far. Since Monday, I’ve been sleeping at around 2am, and getting up at 6am to catch the commuter train to NYC. I’m so tired! I’m so grumpy! I just want to take a very long nap!

Since moving back to NJ, my weeks have flown by. It seems like my life is a never-ending series of eat, sleep, work, meet (with friends), and repeat!

A lot of young professionals who are just getting started in the real-world have hectic lives like mine. We work ourselves to exhaustion because we still need to prove our worth. We make efforts to see friends multiple times per week because right now is our prime time for relationship building. We study at night in hopes of making it to grad school one day or we stay up late working on side projects, hoping that our entrepreneurial ideas will make us the next David Karp or Clara Shih.

We work so hard, but the fact is, we need rest. As humans, we all need to sit down and recharge physically, mentally, and emotionally. But between work and all our activities, how do we find the time?

The secret is…….you schedule it.  Schedule blocks of time, specifically for relaxation, into your calendar before the week begins. That way, you are less likely to say yes when a friend contacts you last minute to hang out. If your relaxation time is on a week night, scheduling time also gives you a reason to work extra hard during the day so that you can leave right on time.

This week, my scheduled relaxation time is Saturday night from 6pm- bedtime, and Sunday morning from 9am-1pm. I have absolutely nothing planned for those two time periods. And right now, that sounds amazing.

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Get Inspired


Career Dreams

What is a Career anyway? Doesn’t it sound like a daunting word meant for older folks who wear suits or pencil skirts, and shiny black shoes? Doesn’t it make you feel like you should have a computer in front of you and be sitting at a cubicle desk? And that you should know exactly what type of work you will be doing in five years?

A Career isn’t so scary. A Career is essentially a path that each of us takes to make our lives interesting. Some people take paths that lead them to teach. Others walk down the path of doing business development for major companies. Still others work on the stuff that makes up the brains of computers, and great leaders find their ways into the Oval Office.

How do we make sure that we are on the right Career Paths, and what can we do to travel along faster? It is such a mystery to me, too! All I know is that inspiration is the psychological key we need to keep moving forward. We all need to be inspired in order to power on and reach for our goals.

I like to find inspiration through links. You may have figured it out by now. I love browsing the web for interesting things. I especially like to keep updated on the latest posts from my favorite inspiring sites. I subscribe to/visit these sites, and read through them every day.

Brazen Careerist Blog

Harvard Business Review Blog Network

Entrepreneur.com 

Penelope Trunk Blog (she is seriously the best)

Elite Daily- Motivation section

Seth Godin!

Also great:

LinkedIn Today- News Section (you will automatically see this if you sign up for LinkedIn)

Quotes!! This is an awesome Pinterest board created by CareerRealism (also where the photo above is from).

GYPSY

This is an interesting article. As a member of Generation Y, and well-versed in the “follow your passion” culture, I think the author does a good job in explaining the issues that plague Gen Y in the working world. He also gives great advice at the end.