Fun Friday Links: 7 Weeks to Change Your Life, Daily Work To-Dos, and the Dangers of a Connected Culture

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Arwen Heredia

January 3, 2014

Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to for consideration.

The First 7 Weeks Of 2014 Could Change Your Life

It’s par for the course that everyone intends to make changes with the arrival of a new calendar year, but what if you could actually make it happen? According to David K. Williams, it all starts with gratitude. From Forbes:

“It’s a brand-new year and now is the time when everyone is resolving to improve something about themselves. Rather than making a big resolution with no concrete plan on how to make it happen, why not start taking steps to change your heart instead? If you can change your way of thinking, you’ll be more likely to make big changes in your life that will actually stick instead of being forgotten by the spring.

Spend the next seven weeks changing your attitude and I promise this year will be filled with opportunities you never noticed in previous years.

Source: Forbes

10 Things to Do Every Workday

As if you didn’t have enough tasks to check off already, right? But sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) the sheer amount of stuff we have to get done each day keeps us from doing things that are truly important, or that could really make a difference in our overall lives. This list from J.T. O’Donnell, CEO of Careerealism Media, is made up of job tasks, social chores, and developmental goals to do each day. It’s even limited to an ambitiously healthy 10 to-dos, including reading industry news and catching up with colleagues. Check out the full list here.

Source: Inc

Connected Culture Could Be Bad for Your Health

When was the last time you felt like you had time to accomplish everything you wanted to get done? I mean everything — from work, to family, to social, to checking the news, reading your horoscope, calling back a friend, writing a birthday card, or simply watching the latest episode of a show you like? Chances are the answer is either never, or a very, very long time ago. You’re not alone, and what’s more frightening are the implications of a society hellbent on getting things done, no matter the cost. From Mashable:

“The 40-hour work week is a relic of the past. 40% of Americans are now regularly working over 40 hours a week, and “work/life balance” becomes increasingly difficult to maintain when we’re only a text or email away from the office. And this culture of connectedness spills over from the workplace into our personal lives — 7 in 10 parents say that “family time” often consists of sitting silently in front of the TV, lacking the energy to even make conversation or break out a board game.

Let’s face it, we’re in an energy crisis.”

See the infographic here.

Source: Mashable