It’s happened to just about everyone. You put lots of thought into setting a goal: it’s ambitious, detailed, and trackable. But then something goes wrong. Maybe you fall so far behind that the goal becomes impossible to hit. Perhaps your team’s priorities shift, and the goal becomes irrelevant. Pretty soon, the goal has lost all its meaning—you’re no longer motivated, and so you simply forget about it and move on.
On Thursday night, a group of famous artists and curators met in downtown Los Angeles to kick off an interactive experience called Lyrics to Life. The event—hosted by Dropbox and music encyclopedia Genius—features a series of original art pieces, each inspired by some of the most iconic song lyrics in popular culture. It’s an opportunity for artists to celebrate the stories, feelings, and cultural insights in this century’s biggest hits—from Radiohead’s “Creep” to Sia’s “Chandelier.”
For many of us, commuting is our only discretionary time of day. In between work and home responsibilities, this margin can feel like an obstacle or an opportunity, depending on how we spend it. When you use your commute to generate energy, creativity, and delight, it can help you be more effective and satisfied in every other dimension of your life and work.
Some routines are good. Doctors say going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps you stay healthy. Familiar patterns—like regular exercise and brushing your teeth before bed—can help reduce stress and keep you grounded. But taken too far, routines can also become a problem. Doing the same thing all day, over and over, can decrease your creative thinking and blunt your competitive edge.
You and your work spend a lot of time together. Over the years, you may have started to take each other for granted. Does your workweek feel like the ‘ole ball and chain? Would you rather it be the launch pad for your best self and life? When your workweek is structured to focus your creative energy on the right work at the right time, you’ll stay energized and effective. These three steps can help take you there.
When you’re given an opportunity—whether it’s a promotion, potential customer, or learning experience—the most natural response is to say yes. Why not accept a higher salary? Why refuse a chance to study abroad? The reality, however, is that most of us say yes too much, too quickly, and without enough thought. We’re wired to please others, and we’ve been conditioned to think all opportunities are good things. So instead of always saying yes, ask yourself these five questions first.