10 Reads To Turn Your Procrastination Into Inspiration

Sometimes, we need a little pep talk to get going. That’s how we think of the articles, books and podcasts we’re sharing here. When we’ve stalled in work, it’s quite likely someone else out there has experienced the same sensation and has some insight to share. These are just a few of the resources that helped us get back on track, or set course on a better path.

Articles:

How to Make the Most of Your Workday - Phyllis Korkki

  • This interactive feature from The New York Times lays out a variety of ways to keep your workday on track, or get it back on track from distraction or procrastination.

The Brand Called You - Tom Peters

  • The 1997 Fast Company cover story pioneered the idea of learning from companies who take every opportunity to market themselves. You can market yourself, too, and the idea has only evolved as social media has expanded the possibilities to showcase who we are by digital means and by interpersonal means.

Why You’re Bored at Work - Daniel Cable

  • London School of Business professor writes about our biological “seeking system”: “Here’s the thing: many organizations are deactivating the part of employees’ brains called the seeking system. Our seeking systems create the natural impulse to explore our worlds, learn about our environments, and extract meaning from our circumstances. When we follow the urges of our seeking system, it releases dopamine—a neurotransmitter linked to motivation and pleasure—that makes us want to explore more.”

 

Books:

Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek

  • The former ad man and current author posits: “If businesses could adopt this supportive mentality, employees would be more motivated to take bigger risks, because they’d know their colleagues and company would back them up, no matter what.”

Mindset - Carol Dweck

  • The Stanford psychologist offers the power of a “growth mindset” in this work focusing on the power of our particular mindset can have on outcomes.

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work - David Isay

  • The StoryCorps founder shares tales of how people have fought for their calling, and found it. Bonus: In this interview with ideas.ted.com, Isay shares his belief that calling is not a passive act, but something pursued and fought for.

One Piece of Paper - Mike Figliuolo

  • Columbus native, and Hopewell member, Figliuolo presents a method for developing a set of personal “leadership maxims” in his most well-known book.

 

Podcasts:

Being Boss - Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon

  • Per its website: “Being Boss is not about following a cookie-cutter formula for success or dwelling on the imperfections encountered along the way. It’s about you choosing to face the real life experiences that come with building a business with honesty and grit. It’s about showing up as you are and doing the work and trusting that boss… you got this.”

How I Built This - Guy Raz

How Did You Get Into That? - Grant Baldwin

  • If you’re interested in learning more about a particular career path, chances are Baldwin has interviewed someone in that field.