At Nextness, we believe that content doesn’t have to be new to be meaningful. So for the next few weeks, we’re going to go back through more than a year’s worth of Linkness reading round-up posts and pull some out when we think they still have relevance. The first one we’ve named “self-help.” It’s tongue-in-cheek, but as our popular side-project WHY? showed, working in communications and the creative industry can be hard. Here’s our favourite advice for how to get out of a slump.
- Bring back the 40-hour work week (it’s actually unproductive to work more than that) | Salon.com
- Are you as busy as you think? | WSJ.com
- “The things that are meant to make you feel more connected today often turn out to be insubstantial time sinks – empty, programmatic encouragements to groom and refine your personality while sitting alone at a screen.” Better | The classic essay by Merlin Mann
- The magic of doing one thing at a time | Harvard Business Review
- A resolution: saying no to crap | Canalside View
You wonder if you’re good enough.
- On doing what scares you: Show me a confident writer, and in all likelihood you will also be showing me work that falls short of originality or greatness | Dani Shapiro
- The “urge to be appealing is a terrible encumbrance to the creative spirit” | Schmutzie.com
- Declare something “finished.” | The Happiness Project
- I am ashamed of my greatest failing-but at last I am beating it | Wrestling Possums
- Leo Babauta from Zen Habits’ guide to overcoming self doubt | uncluttered white spaces
- Motivational jiu-jitsu: staying positive in the face of negativity and indifference | The 99 Percent
- There goes the fear: on feeling it, and doing it anyway | a cat in a tree
You don’t know why you do what you do.
- How to do what you love (classic post from 2006) | Paul Graham
- How to be happier at work: start something | Harvard Business Review
- How to love what you do | Ground Glass
- Create a meaningful life through meaningful work | Umair Haque, Harvard Business Review