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  1. 014: The Key Ingredient in Work-Life Balance - Hurry Slowly

    At the end of every interview, I do a little Proust questionnaire with all my guests. One of the questions I always ask is: “What’s the key ingredient in work-life balance?” This episode is a supercut of my favorite responses.

    • Note for listeners: This is one of Hurry Slowly’s special “mini-episodes,” a short 5 to 10-minute supercut that provides a lighter counterpoint to our usual full-length interviews. If you’re new to the show, I suggest starting here.

    Key takeaways from this episode: Insights on finding work-life balance from:

    • Jason Fried
    • Austin Kleon
    • Wendy MacNaughton
    • Kim Chambers
    • Tami Foreman
    • Alissa Walker

    http://hurryslowly.co/014-work-life-balance/

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  2. 013: Alissa Walker – Walking Is the Best Way to Go Slow - Hurry Slowly

    Walking is many things: A way to think, a way to daydream, a way to relax, a way to exercise, and a way to be less hurried.

    In this episode, I dig into the wonders of walking with the aptly named Alissa Walker, the urbanism editor at Curbed, a denizen of Los Angeles (who doesn’t own a car!), and a woman who’s dedicated to hoofing it.

    Alissa and I talk about how walking enriches the rhythms of your day, gives you more inspiration and mobility for creativity, and allows you to engage with your city in a deeper way.

    Key takeaways from the conversation:

    • How walking re-engages you with your local community and makes you a better citizen
      • Why walking and taking public transport open you up to serendipity
    • Crazy stats on why walking makes you happier and healthier
    • The benefits of walking meetings, walking interviews, and walking dates
    • Experiments you can do to start walking more

    http://hurryslowly.co/013-alissa-walker/

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  3. Unmistakable Creative Podcast - Best of: A Journey to the Crossroads of Should and Must with Elle Luna

    About this episode

    In one of our best interviews ever, Elle Luna told us the story of how she found her true passion. Elle was rejected from every law school she applied to. After that, she stood at a crossroads between “should” and “must.” But thanks to a recurring dream that led to a life-changing painting, she was able to find her calling. Take a listen to her story of overcoming adversity, trusting in her community, and how following her “must” changed her life!

    Elle Luna is a designer, painter and writer. She also runs a textile venture, the Bulan Project., a collaboration with master batik artists in Bali, and has previously worked at international design firm IDEO and with teams to build Mailbox’s iPhone App, redesign Uber’s iPhone App and scale the storytelling platform Medium. You can follow her on twitter @elleluna.

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  4. Unmistakable Creative Podcast - Lucy Bellwood: Defining Creative Success

    About this episode

    What is creative success? For Lucy Bellwood, there is no singular, one definition for that success. For her, it’s a nebulous thing that is different for nearly everyone. Some view it as financial success while others view it as peace of mind. Hear her story about growing up in an immigrant culture, her adventures on the sea, and her role as a cartoonist in our latest episode!

    Lucy Bellwood is an adventurous cartoonist-for-hire working out of Helioscope in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea and likes making comics about boats.

    https://unmistakablecreative.com/podcast/lucy-bellwood-defining-creative-success/

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  5. 012: Alex Pang - Prioritizing Rest & Reflection - Hurry Slowly

    You’re probably familiar with the term “deliberate practice,” but have you heard about “deliberate rest”? It turns out that high performers have more in common than just the way they practice — they also have a unique way of building rest into their daily regime.

    In this interview with Alex Pang — the author of book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less — we take a deep dive into the rhythms of creative labor, examining the daily routines of the world’s greatest minds both in terms of how they do deep, focused work and how they structure time off for rest and reflection.

    We also dig into just how much your brain is accomplishing when it’s supposedly “at rest,” why downtime activates your creativity, and how to get the most out of a vacation.

    Key takeaways from the conversation:

    • Why the greatest minds all seem to adopt a 4-hour workday
    • What “inward focus” is, and why it boosts your creativity
    • How to build deliberate rest into your daily routine
    • Why your brain is only 5-10% less active when you’re resting (and what it’s doing!)
    • What role “detachment” plays in rest, and why hobbies can help
    • How to plan a maximally restorative vacation

    http://hurryslowly.co/012-alex-pang/

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  6. 011: Jocelyn K. Glei - Living Life on Auto-Pilot - Hurry Slowly

    What if you don’t have as much control over your attention as you think? In this mini-episode, I explain how understanding what your brain is doing on “auto-pilot” is the key to unlocking your focus. And breaking your smartphone addiction.

    • Note for listeners: Starting with this show, every third episode of Hurry Slowly will now be a “mini-episode,” a short 5 to 10-minute show that provides a lighter counterpoint to the full-length interviews. If you’re new to the show, I suggest starting here.

    Key takeaways from this episode:

    • A nuanced understanding of the two different types of attention you deploy on a daily basis
    • How your smartphone is optimized for “brain drain” and why that compromises your creativity and other cognitive functions
    • Why your attention will be enhanced if you begin to decouple certain activities from your smartphone

    http://hurryslowly.co/011-jocelyn-k-glei-autopilot/

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  7. 010: Sigrid Veasey: The Science of Sleep - Hurry Slowly

    Chronic sleep loss is the silent creativity killer. It impacts your attention, your memory, your moods, and your ability to “think outside the box.”

    In this conversation with University of Pennsylvania sleep researcher Sigrid Veasey, I explore how getting a good night’s rest sets the tone for your entire waking workday. And how so many shortcomings of performance — and patience — can be traced back to a lack of sleep.

    We dig into what, exactly, your brain is doing while you’re unconscious (hint: housekeeping), how to figure out what the optimal amount of sleep is for you, and why we should all adopt a pre-bedtime “cool down” routine.

    Key takeaways from the conversation:

    • How and why chronic sleep loss impacts your creative problem-solving abilities
    • What to do if you’re waking up with anxiety in the middle of the night (or have insomnia)
    • How to figure out what the optimal amount of sleep is for you
    • What habits to change if you want to get a better night’s rest
    • Why you should take a “sleep vacation”

    http://hurryslowly.co/010-sigrid-veasey/

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  8. 009: Tyler Cowen - The Quiet Dangers of Complacency - Hurry Slowly

    Few authors have impacted my worldview more than Tyler Cowen. His latest book, The Complacent Class, fundamentally changed my understanding of what it means to be a risk-taker — and what it means to be American.

    In this episode, Tyler and I unpack the factors that are contributing to America’s rising complacency—hint: it’s connected to our obsession with busyness and efficiency—and discuss practical ways to start re-engaging with risk in an authentic way.

    Key takeaways from the conversation:

    • Why the proliferation of apps that focus on matching, streaming, and home delivery are making us more complacent, and less prone to taking risks
    • Key questions you can ask yourself to assess how complacent vs how risky you are (also see Tyler’s “complacency quiz”)
    • Why flipping a coin is a great way to decide if you should take a risk or make a change
    • How small changes to your media diet (more movies vs less TV) or how you plan your travel can have a big impact on your “complacency quotient”
    • Why true risk-taking involves putting your fate in the hands of others

    http://hurryslowly.co/009-tyler-cowen/

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  9. 008: Wendy MacNaughton - Activating Your Empathy Muscle - Hurry Slowly

    The everyday activities of the 21st century human consist largely of staring at screens, typing, and talking—in that order. From Google to Alexa to email, technology teaches us to seek, to search, to ask, to demand.

    But what about the lost art of listening? This episode explores empathy—and how looking up from your phone, talking to strangers, saying hello to a neighbor—can expand your imagination and your world.

    My guest is the graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton, who makes an art of listening to—and profiling—people from unsung communities. As she does in her book Meanwhile in San Francisco, a love letter to the patchwork personalities of the Bay Area, and on a regular basis for the back page of California Sunday Magazine.

    We talk about the huge mindset shifts that can happen when you let down your guard and truly open yourself up to other people’s experiences.

    Key takeaways from the conversation:

    • Why listening is a form of empowerment
    • How to bring more empathy and imagination into your daily interactions
    • The benefits of shutting up and taking the spotlight off yourself
    • How drawing can help you listen better and hone your attention
    • Little ways to jumpstart conversations with strangers

    http://hurryslowly.co/008-wendy-macnaughton/

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  10. 007: Scott Belsky - Quick Decisions vs Wise Decisions - Hurry Slowly

    There’s one area of life where most of us are uniquely good at going slow—decision-making. Or as this week’s guest, Scott Belsky, puts it: “The most common decision we make is not to make a decision.”

    For those unfamiliar with his work, Scott is an investor and an entrepreneur, who co-founded Behance and led the company for seven years until its acquisition by Adobe for $150 million in 2013. He also wrote the insightful bestselling book Making Ideas Happen, and is hard at work on a new book about entrepreneurship, due out in 2018.

    We dig into why good and bad decisions are equally useful, the role that “merchandising” decisions plays in a leadership context, and why—when it comes to creative decisions in particular—it’s always wise to trust your gut.

    Key takeaways from the conversation:

    • Why making a decision is the start (not the finish) of great idea execution
    • How introverts and extroverts differ in their decision-making styles
    • Why “executing shyly” is the primary driver of bad decisions
    • How quick decisions can be more powerful (and relaxed) than wise decisions
    • Why instinct matters more than data when it comes to creative decisions
    • How to align your career with your personal decision-making style

    http://hurryslowly.co/007-scott-belsky/

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