Life hacks are defined as strategies or techniques that can help us manage our time and daily tasks and activities with greater efficiency. An internet search will provide an overwhelming number of them for all aspects of life and work. You almost need to a life hack in order to get through them all. The same is true of the abundant resources available to help us live and work smarter.
Two of the "daily life and work" resources I read on a regular basis are the New York Times' Smarter Living section and the Management Tip of the Day from the Harvard Business Review. In early May when I read a smarter living article on the value of hobbies it was a period when the list of work and personal activities was looking a bit long and my hobbies were nowhere to be found on that list. Reading the article reminded me of busy times past when sitting down at the piano, weeding or freshening up a bed in the garden, or just taking the time to plan and cook a nice meal provided me with a new lease on life. The article quotes a 2009 study that shows that there are both physical and psychological benefits to leisure activities.
What hobby have you been ignoring? What activity have you always wanted to try? What about using your summer Fridays to resume a much-loved hobby or take up a new leisure activity.
Kathryn Glover, M.P.A. Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness and Secretary of the Corporation