An Excerpt from Celeste Headlee’s Latest Book, “Do Nothing”

Excerpted from DO NOTHING copyright © 2020 by Celeste Headlee. Used by permission of Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Do less, live more #DoNothingWe answer work emails on Sunday night. We read endless articles about how to hack our brains to achieve more productivity. We crop our photos and use filters before we post them on social media to earn approval. We read only the first couple paragraphs of the articles we find interesting because we don’t have time to read them in their entirety. We are overworked and overstressed, constantly dissatisfied, and reaching for a bar that keeps rising higher and higher. We are members of the cult of efficiency, and we’re killing ourselves with productivity.

The passage at the beginning of this Introduction was written in 1932, not long after the stock market crash of 1929, which caused the Great Depression. Russell’s description of the “cult of efficiency” predates World War II, the rise of rock and roll, the civil rights movement, and the dawn of the twenty-first century. More important, in my mind: It was written before the creation of the internet and smartphones and social media.

In other words, technology didn’t create this cult; it simply added to an existing culture. For generations, we have made ourselves miserable while we’ve worked feverishly. We have driven ourselves for so long that we’ve forgotten where we are going, and have lost our capacity for “light-heartedness and play.” Read More

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The Fix: Overcoming the Invisible Barriers to Creating Cultures of Equality at Work

Michelle P. King
 
For years, we have heard that to succeed at work, we have to change—lean in, negotiate like a man, hold back on being nice. But Michelle King, Director of Inclusion for Netflix and author of the new book, The Fix, says we don’t need to fix women, we need to fix work—for the sake of women, men and the future of innovation.
 

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3 Ways to Use Technology to Make Your Life Easier

Stephanie Humphrey

Stephanie Humphrey is a Technology & Lifestyle Contributor at ABC News who considers it her job to show people how technology can make their jobs easier.

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The Biggest Danger Women Pose to the Status Quo

Pat Mitchell

Start 2020 strong with Pat Mitchell, first female president of CNN Productions and PBS, co-founder and curator of TEDWomen, global advocate for women’s rights, and author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman.

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Harness Resilience to Catapult Yourself Forward | 2019 Session

Women today face more stresses and strains, both professionally and personally, than ever before. But what if you could embrace life’s challenges in ways that enabled you to catapult yourself forward? Join resilience expert Anne Grady as she presents with a comedic spin her story of being forced to build resilience and how her life was transformed as a result. She will share the important tools to enable you to cultivate your ability to adapt, continually learn and establish a healthy relationship with key stressors.  Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify triggers and self-defeating habits to proactively manage them;
  • Utilize brain-based strategies to improve emotional regulation and attention;
  • Identify personal and professional high pay-off activities and priorities; and
  • Take advantage of risk, change, and adversity to get back up faster and stronger

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Babecamp Bootcamp: Lose Hate Not Weight | 2019 Session

Virgie Tovar put her life on hold for a VERY. LONG. TIME. She was always on a diet. She engaged in starving behavior, obsessive exercising, and no matter what she did she never felt good enough, pretty enough or thin enough. If this sounds familiar this is the session for YOU – because everyone deserves to have a harmonious relationship with their body. Designed by acclaimed body image expert Virgie Tovar, she will share her personal journey to help you finally break up with diet culture, adopt a healthy lifestyle and embrace a positive body image wherever you on in your journey! Learn how to replace a weight consumed mentality and re-center yourself with self-care and self-love, which are the touchstones of our native relationship to our body. Read More

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Brave, Not Perfect | 2019 Session

In this inspiring session, Reshma Saujani shows us how to end our love affair with perfection and rewire ourselves for bravery. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with women and girls globally changing the world one brave act at a time, and her own personal journey, Saujani shares an array of powerful insights and practices to make bravery a lifelong habit and enable you to be the authors of your biggest, boldest, and most joyful life. Read More

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A Conversation on How to Skimm Your Life | 2019 Session

Navigating life isn’t easy, but theSkimm founders, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin make it a lot more fun. This fireside chat will deliver theSkimm’s trademark mix of real talk, humor, and inspirational messaging to take all of the daunting, cumbersome and frankly unsexy parts of being an adult, and break them down in the same way they break down a complicated news story every morning in our inbox. They’ll also take you on a journey through their experiences with entrepreneurship and reveal how they’re evolving the brand to meet the demands of the future. Join this session to learn how to navigate the noteworthy moments in your lives, not just your days. Attendees will leave armed with advice, information and even a few hacks to help you make the most informed life and career decisions. Read More

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Intrapreneurship: Pioneer Passion, Innovation and Vision | 2019 Session

Do you ever daydream about becoming an entrepreneur although you don’t want to leave the company you’re working for? The good news is: You don’t have to start your own business to have an entrepreneurial career! You can be an intrapreneur and act like an entrepreneur within your organization. Starting with a brief presentation and followed by an interactive panel discussion featuring some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs and corporate visionaries, you will learn how to take the fiery passion and creativity of entrepreneurs -and unleash them in your current position. Read More

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Resilience Reset: Break Barriers and Thrive | 2019 Session

Success in today’s complex workplace requires the ability to  navigate change, rise above adversity, and triumph – all of which requires resilience and positivity. Kristen Balboni will open this session with a brief presentation on resiliency. A panel of experts will then take the stage and offer personal experiences, invaluable nuggets and tools that will empower you to embrace rather than avoid challenge, face adversity head-on and inspire greatness in yourself and others. Attend this session for a resilience reset and discover how to break through barriers to survive and thrive, especially in difficult times. Read More

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