Paid attention

A couple of weeks ago, inspired by this recent documentary, I did an audit of the apps on my phone, and basically broke them into 3 categories: 1) don’t use, 2) use, and 3) use too much.  Categories 1 and 3 got voted off the screen.

Yup, too much. As in, beyond their functional usefulness. For example, during non-pandemic times, living in a city, I used rideshare apps a lot. Each use was with the very specific purpose of moving me from Point A to B. The result was a lot of use, but not “too much” use. 

This would be in stark contrast to, for example, certain social media apps.

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Wrap it up

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We’ve all heard the wisdom that “everything is temporary,” but the business school world offers an unusually high level of proof. It all starts the minute you see the word “Congratulations” in your email, and realize that you will, in fact, really (probably) be leaving your job to go back to school. From that point forward, you embark upon a two-year journey through modules, semesters, classes, and even internships that you know are time-limited by design. It’s a wonderful truth when you don’t like where you are, and a sad one when you do, but it means that your opportunity to learn from the experience, and make an impact in it, is fleeting.  Read More


“No-Fail” Friday: Screen time

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Earlier this week, I shared my personal belief (and experience) that the effects of a regular mindfulness practice will probably show up in your everyday life before you ever reach a point where any of it feels “easy.” You may find that you’re less quickly irritated, that your fuse under frustration takes a little longer to pop, or maybe you catch yourself just a little sooner when your mind sets sail for somewhere else while your face is having a conversation right in front of you. You’re teaching yourself how to tolerate discomfort, and how to be real with yourself about how you respond to it, too. You learn what happens when you don’t let distraction take over. You learn to be with what is – with what you actually are.

So, while I always hope that our “no-fail” weekend mindfulness challenges are interesting for you, I also hope this weekend’s version makes you a little uncomfortable.  It’s good for you, I promise, and while it won’t last long, the positive side effects of it just may. Read More