Rest is essential. Unplugging in today's busy world is both a skill and a competitive advantage. Is it possible to get more done by working less? On this podcast, we talk to those who have developed a solid "rest ethic." They are people who successfully take time off through sabbaticals, active vacations, more play, fascinating hobbies, and other methods for becoming more interesting without burning out.
People say that our first reaction is the most honest, but Derek Sivers disagrees. He believes our first reaction is usually outdated. Either it’s an answer we came up with long ago and now use instead of thinking, or it’s a knee-jerk emotional response to something in your past. By thinking slower, we can foster more intention, inner-peace, and direction with our lives. Derek is a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher. He started CDBaby and HostBaby long ago. He has learned a lot while starting, growing, and selling the business. Derek has since been on a semi-sabbatical for several years. What has he been up to? Listen here to find out...
We chat with Tommy Sobel, the founder of Brick. The Brick movement is a grassroots movement for people who are dissatisfied with their relationship to screens and social media, and who are looking to spend more time engaged in the real world. They throw phone-free events, retreats and private habit coaching for motivated people who want to take control of their phone use. They also challenge our community to turn their phone into a “brick” for a little bit every day, which means to set it down, put it in Brick Mode, and go do something engaging in the real world.
On this episode, we discuss..
The history of The Brick Movement and how Tommy has evolved it
How to read 28 books in one year
He evaluates me in real-time to assess my own phone dependencies
Types of moments in real life that can give your neurochemicals that your smartphone can’t.
The topic of making out. You will have to listen in to find out the romantic details. :)
Marlee Grace is a dancer, writer, artist, and shape maker. She also knows how to not work. :)
She wrote a book called How to Not Always Be Working : a toolkit for creativity and radical self care as well as zines about sobriety and phone addiction. She teaches improvisation as a dance form in real life, online classes on art making and rituals, and sees one one clients who want to unblock their creativity and small business practices.
Marlee and I talk about one of her new hobbies (skateboarding), why it is important to separate your work activities from your not work activities, why you don’t really need a vacation responder, the importance of dancing, inspiring people to follow on instagram, and how our creative generation is carving a healthy path for the future of our society.
Terry Rudolph has been a professor of quantum physics at Imperial College London. He is now leading a startup in the field of quantum computing. He also wrote the book "Q is for Quantum." We discuss his journey in the field of quantum computing and how he leverages different time off strategies to foster the ability to solve really challenging problems.
In the age of automation and the knowledge economy, we believe the deliberate practice of time off will be one of the key skills and competitive advantages. In addition to our work ethic, we should seriously start thinking about our “rest ethic.” In this episode we read you one of our recent articles that explores the relationship between work and leisure.
Hear about our new action guide that inclused wisdom from successful people on how to achieve more by working less.
We update you on the World Health Organization's recognition of "Burn-Out"' as a legitimate syndrome. We also look at a two successful restaurant companies that are providing more time off to their employees who are historically known for being overworked.
Yasmin Nguyen isn’t on your typical road trip. He is traveling around the world studying joy through his Joyful Living project.
A theme of his work is taking the time to be grateful. Talking to Yasmin simply calms me down, and I hope our conversation does the same for you. We talk about how to practice retirement, your kick ass jar, kindness showers, the servant leadership of women, and Yasmin’s road trip to share and understand joy and kindness.
Rhythm goes beyond instruments and music and can be applied to us making the most out of life. Bruce Miller is an author and pastor. He wrote a book called Your Life in Rhythm. In his book he helps us understand what it means to live life in sync with our surroundings and natural rhythms.
We discuss how to realize our limits and create a realistic foundation for intentional living.
If we are looking for balance in your life, you might be looking for the wrong thing. Trying to balance it all can be an endless burden that we aren’t capable of handling.
Bruce’s concepts of rhythm give me hope for escaping the frenetic pace of modern life and help me fully engage in the variety of rhythmic moments that life sends my way.
The Moment app helps people disconnect from their phones and get back their time. The app is growing at an impressive rate. Everyday, all Moment users combined get back around 49 years of time to spend on what really matters to them — meaningful experiences with friends and family, exploring their passions, and living life in the moment. This episode is a wonderful conversation with the CEO of Moment.
We discuss the origins of the Moment app, the analogous connection of a food diet with a social media diet, how the same algorithm tools that are grabbing our attention could be used to reverse the effects, and the awesome company culture that the Moment team is building.
In Sweden, people are expected to have a balance in their employment – not just in terms of balancing their personal lives, but also balancing other things that are of importance to them or create personal growth. Starting a new business is sometimes a part of that. Swedish businesses are giving their employees up to 6 months off to start a new business. If it doesn't work, they can have their job back.
I love watching commencement speeches. They are shortcuts for gaining the wisdom one can gain through a college experience. This episode highlights one of my favorite commencement speeches that is still relevant today.
I learned a lot from the 2018 lineup of podcast guests. I benefitted most by putting some of their ideas into practice. Here are 10 actions I have been trying out that bring me more meaningful time off. There is also a gift at the end of the podcast episode.
What if you had a bank account for your time? If we were more time aware, what would we do differently? Do you keep track of how you are spending time? Are you finding time for what matters or mainly focused on money? Cassie Holmes is the Associate Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She studies happiness, highlighting the role of time. We discuss how choosing time over money will make you happier, why experiential gifts are important, and how this coming weekend can be treated like a vacation.
Max is a Quantum theorist turned AI researcher. We discuss how Max wrote his Ph.D. thesis while resting on a Greek island, how AI has the potential to be becoming our creative sidekick, and restful habits we can all implement starting tomorrow.
Writer Mike Sturm believes “Work-Life Balance” can be replaced with something better. Rather than balancing our career and our personal lives, we should aim to harmonize them. When done right, the benefits can be truly great. Mike and I discuss how you can benefit from "Work-Life Harmony" and treat loved ones as stakeholders in your work.
Why should you travel and have a beginner's mind? What will be left of humans given Artifical Intelligence is rapidly growing? Why would anyone build a 10,000-year clock? Kevin and I discuss the answers...
John is a successful technologist and a co-author of both "Sprint" and "Make Time". He had a comfortable life in San Francisco, but he and his wife decided to quit their jobs, gave up their apartment, sold their stuff, bought a sailboat, sailed out the Golden Gate, turned left, and began cruising the Pacific coast from California toward Panama. They have been on an amazing journey since. We talk about how they prepared for this time off, what the experience has been like, and practical steps from his new book "Make Time".
Ivan and I both believe that strangers are one of the most untapped potentials around you every single day. We discuss a number of Ivan’s fascinating experiments and why silence can help you get out of struggles in your life.
Make Time is Jake Knapp's new book. It's about creating time and finding focus in daily life. We discuss how you can be more like a caveman, the value of a walk, and how are in control of your day's highlight.