This post was written for my beloved coworking community, Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh in Scotland. Why is it that co-working at Tribe is so very pleasant? It’s because we’re all a bit in love with each other… I’m not talking about secret trysts and unrequited infatuation; it’s what psychologist Dr Barbara Fredrickson calls ‘positivity resonance’. … Continue reading For the love of coworking
Why is it so important to feel like we're doing what's truly in line with ourselves? Because doing so makes us feel incredible and leads us to perform at our best. To live life well, Aristotle said we must "strain every nerve to live in accordance with the best thing in us". In other words, we … Continue reading Be You
It seems pretty instinctive that when something's wrong, we try to fix it. Including with ourselves. Yet recent advances in neuroscience suggest this isn't always the best way to get unstuck. The Problem... To understand why, we need to understand what it means to 'think'. When we have a new thought, it happens in our conscious mind, … Continue reading Why focusing on solutions beats fixing problems
Is work a means to an end, or a means in itself? While the answer to that question might depend on a whole slew of factors, in the end it's those who see work as a calling that have a much better time of it. According to Amy Wrzesniewski, professor in organisational psychology at Yale University, … Continue reading Unhappy at work? Change it!
Social exclusion registers in the same regions of the brain as physical pain. In other words, being ostricised is as harmful, even life-threatening, as being physically hurt. Let that sink in for a moment. When kids shun a classmate at lunch, when a colleague is short with you, or when a lover storms off, the … Continue reading Wired to Connect
There's a powerful urge in many of us to multitask. To balance plates. To juggle balls. To answer messages while speaking on the phone while eating while crossing the road while... Turns out, it's not good for us. In fact, it's really very bad. Complex multitasking - doing more than one task that requires our … Continue reading Why multitasking is killing you
What should I be doing with my life? It's the school leaver's question, the quarter- and mid-life crisis question, and possibly the question you ask most days. But what the hell is the answer?! Some lucky folk find their way into just the right kind of career for them, and any dips in enthusiasm along … Continue reading Freelance revolution