Link: https://austinkleon.com/2021/01/20/spend-time-on-something-that-will-outlast-them/ Author: Austin Kleon
Link: https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/tips-for-how-to-prioritize-your-project-ideas/ Author: Ryan Mather Time to read: 10 minutes
Link: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/06/05/the-work-you-do-the-person-you-are Author: Toni Morrison Time to read: 3 mins.
I found this article a good provocation to think about my relationship with the work I do, and have done over the course of my career so far.
It can be easy to base so much of our identity around our job, but what if we took the opposite approach?
- Whatever the work is, do it well—not for the boss but for yourself.
- You make the job; it doesn’t make you.
- Your real life is with us, your family.
- You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.
Link: https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c Author: Tara Haelle Time to read: 15 mins.
Another article that prompts reflection on how we've coped during the pandemic. It introduced me to a handful of concepts, including surge capacity and ambiguous loss.
Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters. But natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different — the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely.
“The pandemic has demonstrated both what we can do with surge capacity and the limits of surge capacity,” says Masten. When it’s depleted, it has to be renewed. But what happens when you struggle to renew it because the emergency phase has now become chronic?
It concludes with some good points to help as we continue to navigate an uncertain future.