I love learning about philosophies, thinking models and theories in order to be aware of how I think and make decisions.
I also believe that being aware of your thought processes and having some useful philosophies/theories in your back pocket is invaluable and can be extremely useful at work. For instance, whether you are making a big career decision or simply motivating yourself to put yourself forward for a new opportunity or knowing when to switch off.
So below I list part 1 to the 7 Powerful Philosophies I have been using recently to help me at work, many of which are related to mental health and wellbeing especially relevant as it is Mental health awareness week next week.
Enjoy! I would love to know if you have others to share too!
7 Powerful Mental Philosophies for Millennials at Work (Pt 1) — Photo by Thought Catalog on UnsplashThe hedonic treadmill
The hedonic treadmill refers to how humans tend to quickly return to a stable level of happiness despite major positive/negative life events.
Workplace example: You finally get the promotion you have been dreaming of but 6 months down the line, you are feeling unsatisfied again and yearning to reach the next milestone.
My thoughts: The hedonic treadmill is not a bad thing but I think having the awareness that absolutely no goal will give you ultimate happiness is very powerful. Instead, try to remember that generally, happiness is a present choice, not a future destination. I also find the awareness of the hedonic treadmill very useful to remember to be grateful for my achievements!
For more information, watch this video here:
Ikigai is a Japanese philosophy about the secret to a long and happy life. Ikigai translates to ‘reason for being’ which as the diagram below shows is found by finding the intersection where your passions and skill converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for.
Workplace example: When offered a new opportunity at work, ask yourself does this align with my ikigai?
My thoughts: So many millennials I meet are always wondering about their purpose and how they can do meaningful work but don’t necessarily want to quit their jobs and volunteer for the rest of their lives. I find ikigai a practical way to think about your purpose and recognise that your job and passions can be connected.
For more information, check out this article here:
As shown in the diagram above you circle of concern includes all the things you worry about for instance your health, current workload, your relationships, climate change, state of the economy etc. Whereas your circle of influence is the subset within your circle of concern that you can actually control. Covey encourages readers to be proactive and focus on addressing things within your circle of influence.
Circle of concern: You are worried about how promotions will go this year in your firm.
Circle of influence: You are worried about your promotion but you recognise you can work hard, articulate your achievements and prepare as much as possible to influence your promotion outcome.
My thoughts: The circles of concern and influence are powerful to help you remember how to prioritise and take action accordingly, otherwise it is very easy to feel like everything is happening to you and neglect what role you can play in determining the outcome.
For more information, check out this article here:
Equanimity is a theory with roots in Buddhist teaching that relates to our ability to stay mentally calm regardless of what is happening around us. The ability to see without being caught by what we see and how this can bring about peace.
Workplace example: You see people getting stressed out about things at work, maintaining equanimity means you are aware of what is going on but you choose not to let it negatively impact how you feel or go about your day.
My thoughts: Although simple, I think the ability to maintain equanimity is much easier said than done especially at work. I believe the first step is awareness that you can get caught up and then deciding how you want to react.
For more information, check out this article here:
So there are the first 4 Powerful Mental Philosophies for Millennials at Work. Hopefully, some of them have resonated with you and you can begin developing the mindset shifts that will undoubtedly be beneficial to you.
Part two with the remaining 3 mental philosophies out next week!Related blogs:
With phone memory always seeming to be scarce, deciding which Apps you download is an extreme sport. And there are thousands and thousands of Apps out there. This week covers my current favourite Mobile Apps.
Remente is a goal-setting and mood tracking app. Through completing a personal audit on your happiness in respective areas of your life, the app suggests learning from its wealth of resources in the form of courses on topics such as mental wellbeing to productivity, relationships and motivation. The app also allows you to keep track of your mood to figure out which behaviours make you feel good and eventually you build up a digital log of what to do, and to avoid, to be happy. Cute concept and perfect for anyone looking to build diligence when it comes to self-improvement.
I can’t remember how I found out about these Apps but they are great. They include a variety of 7-minute workouts that help when you get stuck and are looking to switch up your exercises in the gym. The Apps cover HIIT workouts, abs and loads of other full body workouts with clear demonstrations of how to do the exercise and a useful countdown between exercises. So important because of course, health is wealth!
Continuing on the fitness hype, I highly recommend Class Pass app/website. These days we all live hectic lives travelling around everywhere so having a standard gym membership just doesn’t [provide enough flex in terms of location or struggling with a limited number of classes. Instead through class pass, you buy credits which provide you with the option to access a wide range of gyms and classes. I have found it to be a great way to try out new exercise classes like Hot Yoga/ Pilates and Barre.
We could all do with greater transparency across our bank accounts and my favourite Open banking app has to be Yolt. It really easily aggregates your bank accounts to categorise your spending, helping you have greater transparency over where your money is making it easier to budget and detect things like credit card fraud. Also, the app enables you to get better deals on credit cards, loans, and mortgages by easily comparing them across different financial institutions and third parties.
Before you go, here are some simple tips to help you remember what you are consuming:
Share what you find with on social media — not only will you inspire your friends and family but you are probably more likely to retain the information and test how well you understand by summarising what you have learnt for social media.
2. For Podcasts — I find it useful to make notes in my Notes app whilst I listen, writing down any key phrases that resonate with me or any resources I need to check out.
3. For Books — I recommend highlighting and writing notes as you read. I find this makes reading so much more engaging and writing short notes on your reflections (and including the date you wrote them) makes for an extra interesting reading when you pick up the book again in the future.
4. Repeat what you have learnt out loud — Ask yourself, how does this apply to me and where I am at in my life currently?
5. Pause to take it all in — acquiring knowledge is not a race. When something resonates with you, don’t be afraid to pause the podcast or step away from the reading to really absorb it. FYI this is why I no longer believe in setting goals such as must-read X number of books a year. What is the point if you don’t apply anything from them or they don’t change how you think or operate?
Last year my reading goal was to read a new book every two weeks. Which was great but I think on reflection meant that I didn’t really implement anything from the books I read or have enough time to reflect on them.
This year, I am focusing on reading fewer books more slowly with the aim to be able to articulate how they have impacted my life/way of thinking. Here are four books I have read recently and enjoyed!
First up, Homo Deus by Yuval Noah HarariHomo Deus — Yuval Noah Harari
‘Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. It will make you think in ways you had not thought before’ — review by Nobel Prize-winning Psychologist Daniel Kahneman.
I couldn’t describe this book better. It is literally incredible. If you love thinking about the future and you are interested in human behaviour and technology trends, this book is definitely for you. It is incredible and I couldn’t stop highlighting every other paragraph whilst reading it.
One of my fave bits from the bookHomegoing — Yaa Gyasi
I don’t want to write any words encouraging you to read this book as anything I say won’t do it justice. You are going to have to trust me that this book is truly beautiful. If every piece of fiction was as beautiful as this book I wouldn’t read non-fiction anymore. The book is about generational trauma as seen through the ancestry of a Ghanaian family from slavery to Modern day. It is both historical and deeply moving and emotional. You will love it, but don’t blame me if you cry.
Becoming — Michelle Obama
I have written a whole blog post on this incredible book so you could just read that here.
Otherwise, I would say it’s a great read as it covers not only Michelle Obama’s journey to the woman she is today but also detail on her career path, her personal challenges including finding her dream job, having a miscarriage and going through couple’s counselling with Barack. Becoming is such an apt title for the book as you really see that the book is all about self-development and remembering that life is a marathon and not a sprint and that sometimes you have to be let go and live.
Above all, I value the book’s honesty and authenticity, as she opens up about their fertility issues, her hesitancy about Barack running for office and her self-confidence battles.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics — Tim Marshall
One of my new year’s resolutions is to learn more about global politics and this book definitely helped me to leap forward to achieve that goal. Each chapter includes a map of the section of the world it covers and I found it fascinating to understand how global politics is so related to geography and how many country alliances or trade policies can be traced back to natural resources (not just oil). It is a great book!
Insight into Prisoners of Geography
Thanks for reading! Next week I will be sharing my favourite newsletters!
Last week I shared my favourite podcasts. You can read that post below.
In 2019, there are so many sources we can find information from. Whether you are keen to learn a new skill or just be entertained, there is not just an App for that, but also numerous podcasts, books and newsletters.
This can almost feel overwhelming. Like you won’t ever know enough.
But, you have to start from somewhere.
I really believe in the power of absorbing informative content to develop personally and professionally.
Remember there is no pressure to remember everything, instead small conscious steps to learn more do add up.
Last year I collated a Consumption list, which showcased some of the books, podcasts, newsletters etc. that I was enjoying.
It received a great response so I’m back this year with an updated list of resources that I love, many of which are related to careers, entrepreneurship and self-development.
This week I am sharing my favourite podcasts. Enjoy!
My Favourite Podcasts
I absolutely love podcasts, they are a great way to be inspired, entertained or to learn something new by audio osmosis. It is pretty incredible to wake up and listen to Oprah’s voice and to be able to listen wherever you are and whenever you want.
Podcasts on the goHow to Fail with Elizabeth Day
A brilliant podcast that dispels the notion of only talking about success and instead reflects on how failures are essential for success. Elizabeth interviews a range of celebrities (mainly authors) about their 3 life failures and what they learnt from those experiences. I love this podcast and it talks about failure in such a refreshing and open way.
My favourite episode: How to Fail with Elizabeth Day w/ Deborah Frances-White
I know listening to a podcast about work doesn’t sound fun but honestly, Adam’s podcast (sponsored is incredible. In 30mins ish episodes he explores a variety of topics related to the workplace including being an introvert/extrovert, trust, how to love criticism and building creativity. As a psychologist his podcast is full of interesting facts from an academic and personal perspective, he also includes interviews snippets from other professors, authors and celebrities.
My favourite episode: The Daily Show’s Secret to Creativity — S2 Ep 10
Side Hustle Pro spotlights black female entrepreneurs who have scaled their businesses from side hustle to profitable full-time businesses. Hosted by Nicaila Matthews Okome, this weekly podcast is great for providing actionable tips and hearing honest insight from entrepreneurs. I love how Nicaila asks tough questions and probes her guests to ensure her listeners really learn a lot about their journey.
My favourite episode: So many! But I love this Episode 112 on How to Run a Business with Your Friends with Curly Girl Collective
Masters of Scale is a truly insightful podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, the venture capitalist & co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn. The podcast is fun and animated has amazing guests most notably, Stacy Brown-Philpot, the CEO of TaskRabbit, Sara Blakely, Creator of Spanx and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky. Brilliant stuff!
My favourite episode: Again tough but I would probably say the episode with Marissa Mayer on being employee number 20 at Google and founded and led the company’s legendary Associate Product Manager program.
Love this and completely agree! Only caveat in my mind is that most people equate work ethic to work hours and then these consistent people become burnt out and eventually give up so I think the key is a consistent work ethic whilst falling in love with the process and not the result. 😊