Do you need a workation?
The hedge fund Bridgewater has set up tent offices in the woods across from its Westport, Connecticut headquarters so that staff can work together at a safe distance (at least until it gets too cold to work like a camper). At the more distant end of the remote-work spectrum, national parks across Japan are offering “workations”–getaways that combine remote work and leisure where “half-tourists” are changing what it means to be at work and on vacation. Could working in the morning, kayaking in the afternoon, and catching up in the evening be the future of work? Covid is making us rethink how, when, where, and why we work, and The 5-Minute Recharge is here to share the latest thinking on how to make your work, home, and work-from-home life better. Let's get started! ONE QUOTE “With equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work–the work will come to us.” – Back in 1967, Walter Cronkite imagined a 21st century home office with many screens and no women ONE IMAGE
An emoji designed for 2020 THREE IDEAS #1 THINK LIKE A MONK While in university, Jay Shetty did an A/B test: he split his summer vacation with one half spent interning in finance in London, England, and the other half living as a monk in India. He literally went from steakhouses, bars, and suits to ashrams, meditation, and robes. After three summers comparing a life in finance to the life of a monk, Shetty chose to live the life of a monk. He found his time in India to be energizing, whereas the corporate world drained him. Now Jay's on a mission to share what he's learned as a monk to help people train their minds for purpose. In Think Like a Monk, he encourages you to write down the three things you're currently pursuing in your life...go ahead...we'll wait for you. Now for each item, ask yourself, “Why am I chasing this?” (You may need to repeatedly ask why to get to the root of the goal.) Is it something genuine within you or the pressure of others' expectations that's making you pursue your goals? Monks pursue their goals with true intention and alignment... “To think like a monk is to feel aligned in thoughts, words, and actions.” – Jay Shetty in conversation with Greg McKeown on the Essentialism Podcast #2 THE LOST ART OF BREATHING Fast or slow, deep or shallow, through your nose or through your mouth, your breath has a significant impact on how you feel that James Nestor explores in the book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. In an experiment that we don't recommend you replicate, Nestor plugged his nostrils for ten days, forcing himself to breathe through his mouth. After only a couple of hours, he felt awful: his blood pressure jumped 13 points and he had trouble concentrating. When he finally removed his nose plugs ten days later, he felt better almost immediately, and his blood pressure stabilized at a healthy level. Our noses are miniature air purifiers that optimize our bodies' absorption of oxygen and nitric oxide. Nestor encourages you to pause periodically throughout your day and check in to see if you're nasal breathing. Half of us are chronic mouth breathers, but with practice you can train yourself to get the many benefits of breathing through your nose. To increase your levels of energy-generating nitric oxide do this... “Breathe normally through the nose and hum, any song or sound. Practice for at least five minutes a day, more if possible.” – James Nestor #3 TENNIS ANYONE? All movement is good for you, but according to a recent meta-analysis that summarizes the results of 80 studies, activities that involve coordinated movements and interaction with fellow players are especially good for your brain. Tennis is the ideal exercise in many ways because you're likely outdoors, socially connected, physically active, and mentally engaged. But any kind of aerobic activity is good for memory because it stimulates growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, the brain's memory center, and just a single session of exercise can improve your mood and sleep. “Partner sports are particularly valuable to cognition because they force our brains to react quickly under pressure to the somewhat unpredictable movements of our teammates or opponents.” –Sebastian Ludya, PhD, University of Basel *********************************** THE FAST FIVE 1. Happiness Lessons of the Ancients: Plato - The Happiness Lab (28 minutes) (We are charioteers who need to tame our horses of appetite and spirit.) 2. What makes strangers click? - BBC Worklife (Let's make sense of the world together.) 3. What to Do When the Future Feels Hopeless - Arthur Brooks, The Atlantic (Humans live in the future. That can be a problem, especially now.) 4. The golden hour: 15 ways to change your life in a work-from-home lunch break - The Guardian (Sex will give you a whole new perspective on your afternoon.) 5. How to Handle a Narcissist (Including, Maybe...Yourself) - Ten Percent Happier Podcast (50 minutes) (Learn how to use the CPR method to reduce narcissism.) *********************************** YOUR 5-MINUTE RECHARGE CHALLENGE GET INSPIRED LIKE A MONK Jay Shetty, author of Think Like a Monk mentioned in Idea #1, has a TIME formula for staying connected to and aligned with your true intentions: T is for thankful. Don't just feel, express your thanks. I is for inspiration. Sit with an idea you want to put into action. M is for meditation. Spend time with yourself to reflect. E is for exercise. Movement throughout the day is good for the aligned mind. Our 5-Minute Recharge challenge for you is to work on the I in TIME. Select a quote that resonates with you, something you'd like to spend some time pondering. Now make it into a screensaver or put it on a sticky note or notes so that you will encounter it repeatedly over the next few days. Spend a few minutes letting the quote simmer in your mind, and reflect on how you can put its wisdom into action in the days ahead. Here's a quote we're pondering... “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That's what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself, but for one's community.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wishing you a meaningful week ahead, The 5-Minute Recharge