All artwork by Sieu Tran.

Hi Friend-

You're probably on this email list because you're a bit of an over-achiever. But an over-achiever who kinda sorta wants to be more chill, right?

Well, if you do in fact fit that bill, there's about a 99% chance that the latest Hurry Slowly episode is going to strike a chord.

In a 15-min reflection, I tackle the topic of "productivity shame" — which is that toxic voice in your head that encourages you to set completely unrealistic expectations for what you can accomplish, and then encourages you to beat yourself up when you fall short.

Listen to: "Productivity Shame"

p.s. Registration for my new online course RESET, a cosmic tune-up for your workday, is only open through tomorrow, Friday May 17th at 5pm EDT if you want to join! : )
All artwork by Sieu Tran.

How to do what you love. Lots of good tidbits in this vintage piece from Y Combinator founder Paul Graham: "It used to perplex me when I read about people who liked what they did so much that there was nothing they'd rather do. There didn't seem to be any sort of work I liked that much. But the fact is, almost anyone would rather, at any given moment, float about in the Caribbean, or have sex, or eat some delicious food, than work on hard problems. The rule about doing what you love assumes a certain length of time."

Jack Dorsey's TED interview. An amusing portrait of Twitter's creator trying to handle hard questions: "As Dorsey pivoted from non-answer to non-answer, it was hard not to wonder whether, despite his appearance of media-savvy calm, he wasn’t in over his head. Since the 2016 election, it has grown increasingly clear that allowing young, mostly male technologists to build largely unregulated, proprietary, international networks might have been a large-scale, high-stakes error in judgment."

This isn't the job I signed up for. Lots of great tips in this Fast Company piece on asking the right questions during a job interview: "Job descriptions that are too high-level and short on specifics can suggest that the employer hasn’t properly defined what the role will look like. 'If they’re talking in really pie-in-the-sky terms, very macro level, you can ask them, What does that look like in practical terms?' she says. Glassdoor’s Sullivan adds that candidates should also be wary of descriptions with too much detail. "

It's okay to be good not great. A nice piece from Outside magazine on the perils of over-striving: "Research shows that sustainable progress, in everything from diet to fitness to creativity, isn’t about being consistently great; it’s about being great at being consistent. It’s about being good enough over and over again."

When people can't tell their coworkers of color apart.

How to turn your iPhone into a brick.

Leadership is a behavior, not a role.

Stop working Wednesday.
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All artwork by Sieu Tran.

Much appreciation for link ideas to: Race Ahead, Jocelyn Brewer, Brainpickings, Amy Varga, E is for Everything, Anne Helen, and Otegha Uwagba.

The artwork is courtesy of: Sieu Tran, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Hi, I'm Jocelyn, the human behind this newsletter. I created the online course RESET, a cosmic tune-up for your workday, and I host Hurry Slowly, a podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient by slowing down. Occasionally, I write books and give talks too.
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