Keep learning. One way to really reach your full potential, writes Fast Company co-founder Bill Taylor, is to continue learning and maintaining an interest in new things throughout your life. The people who maintain their youthful attitudes and fresh perspectives are the ones who remain interested in new people, skills and activities.
Walk or bike to work for an instant happiness boost. Even if you can only walk part of the way, just do it. New research published in the journal Preventive Medicine shows the longer people spend each day on an inactive commute (driving, taking the bus, etc.), the worse their mental state becomes. Active commuters report being happier and more productive at their jobs.
Spend 30 to 45 minutes with a good book to boost your brain and reduce your stress. Just that much time spent slowly reading a book—instead of rapidly scanning the text the way many of us do online these days—will allow you to immerse yourself and tune out the stress around you, writes The Wall Street Journal’s Jeanne Whalen. Participants in book clubs that embrace this approach report increased focus, less stress and a better ability to empathize with others.
Amsterdam office disappears each night at 6 p.m. sharp. Design studio Heldergroen Creative is so concerned with its employees’ work-life balance that their desks disappear every evening, says Design Director Sander Veenendaal. The desks are on cables that pull them into the ceiling, leaving free space to do yoga, have dance lessons or host a networking reception. Employees can do what they like—as long as it’s not work.
Most Americans believe the workforce skills gap is caused by someone else. While many Americans acknowledge others may lack skills to perform their jobs correctly, a full 95% feel they are perfectly qualified, or overqualified, for their own jobs, found a survey by online course provider Udemy.