Monthly Happiness 3x
Anne Frank on finding peace in nature, hybrid work and happiness, and how to have work-life balance.
Here’s your monthly review from the study of happiness.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, then there is comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” – Anne Frank
Working from home 2 days per week is good for people and businesses.
That’s the summary from University of Pennsylvania (and now famous) organizational psychologist – Adam Grant. His summary comes from an experiment from Nick Bloom at Stanford. Over 6 months, 1600 people were randomly assigned to work from 2 days per week.
- Retention increased 35% (with 12% reduction in sick days).
- Increased work satisfaction
- No cost to performance or promotion
Hybrid work means greater wellbeing and productivity. (To find the full research presentation search “Bloom, Han and Liang Hybrid Work”.)
Work-Life “Kentucky Windage”: How to Hit the Mark
You’re shooting a rifle.
You aim at the bullseye and every shot hits 2 inches to the right. Your options are (1) keep aiming at the bullseye, (2) rebuild and recalibrate the rifle, or (3) aim a couple inches to the left. Option 1 is what most people do – be a idiot. But you and I are smarter than that. So we go with option 2. You fix your rifle - breaking into parts and carefully putting it back together. You refine your productivity plans and optimize your time management systems.
Then boom – two inches to the right again. You run a little too hot.
I’ve found that option 3 is easier and more effective. In shooting terms that’s "Kentucky windage" – a correction made by adjusting where you aim rather than adjusting the rifle. You know you always push yourself a bit too hard and take on a little too much. So aim low. Aim off the bullseye. Intentionally overestimate the amount of slack you bake into your work rhythm.
My last semester of college I asked “what is the absolute least amount of work I can possibly do?”. I dropped my third major and extracurriculars. I aimed way low – like 20 hours per week of work. I thought I'd be a slacker. I even worried I might get bored or have too much fun (too much fun, how dare I!). But by some magic I ended up filling my weeks with ~35 hours of fun and interesting work.
That’s Kentucky windage. Study yourself. See how you shoot. And adjust your aim accordingly.
See you next time.