YOU DO YOU
Mind games that are totally okay to play
Meditation might not work for all people on all days. Give your brain a little break by playing some games instead.
There’s Wordle of course, if you haven’t already been sucked into that. Here are some other delightfully “unmindless” games:
The goal: Like Wordle, this game gets you guessing words letter by letter. Unlike Wordle, these words have an R rating.
When you should play it: When a colleague, once again, follows up to check on the status of something before the deadline.
The goal: Look at a single frame from a movie and guess its title.
When you should play it: When you’re standing in a long line and everyone else seems to be doing something super important.
The goal: Swipe your way out of an Automatron’s labyrinth.
When you should play it: When you “don’t have time” to start anything new before your next meeting.
The goal: Outsmart optical illusions to solve a cube puzzle.
When you should play it: When it feels like you’re out of ideas and you just need a creative reset.
The goal: Find people hiding throughout a beautiful, hand-drawn landscape.
When you should play it: When you’re just not super into whatever your partner popped on Netflix.
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Habits of truly inspiring scientists
They keep their brains active with interesting puzzles. (See segment above for some you can try right now.)
Physicist Richard Feynman liked to pick locks and crack safes when he was “bored.”
They like long walks (on the beach and off).
Physicist Albert Einstein kept up a religious habit of daily walks.
They like to hang out in bathrooms.
Prolific patenter Yoshiro NakaMats enjoyed spending time in the bathroom so he could get away from the television and other invasive sounds of modern life.
They have hope their work will make a difference.
Primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall told New Yorker reporters: “If you don’t have hope that your action is going to make a difference, why bother to do anything? You just become a zombie.”
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Negotiating More Parental Leave: It Never Hurts to Ask
You’re starting (or growing) a family, and it’s truly a beautiful thing. Of course there will be challenges. Your priorities are shifting. You just don’t have as much time or energy to devote to work. Now’s not a time to feel guilty; it’s a time to consider what might help you better juggle work and family and then try to get it.
Let’s talk about negotiating for more parental leave, because, no matter what your anxious inner voice might tell you, it absolutely never hurts to ask. (This applies whether you’re considering a new job offer or if you’ve been in your role for a while.)
Parental/Family Leave Facts and Figures
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers to offer some employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave, but it doesn’t have to be paid leave. That’s why negotiating is so important.
- Less than 23% of U.S. workers had the option to take paid family leave in 2021.
- The percentage of employers offering paid maternity leave dropped from 53% in 2020 to 35% in 2022. [World Economic Forum]
- The percentage of employers offering paid paternity leave also dropped from 44% in 2020 to 27% in 2022. [World Economic Forum]
- New mothers who take less than 2 months off work experience more depressive symptoms and self-esteem problems than mothers who take more time. [American Psychological Association]
- Negotiation won’t come as a surprise. Surveys suggest most (70% by some estimates and 84% by others) managers expect people to negotiate.
Parental/Family Leave Tips
- Make sure you have a handle on your company’s policy as well as your state’s leave mandates.
- Determine what you really want and what you might settle for. For example, you might want 16 weeks of paid leave but you might be willing to accept 12 weeks of paid leave followed by a period of flexible or compressed work hours.
- Ask parents you know in your company or around your city how much leave they got. As with negotiating salaries, it’s always good to know how your request lines up with the averages.
- Know any other parents or potential parents in your organization? Ask if they’d be willing to join you in making a broader request to update the company policy.
- Explore or suggest additional benefits, including childcare services and stipends, that could take the burden off new parents.
Your 3 x 3 guide to May
May is a busy month. Here are 3 easy ways to participate in 3 big events happening next month.
(Sunday, May 14)
3 experiential gift ideas:
- A Spafinder gift card
- A Libro.fm audiobook credit bundle
- A butterfly explosion cake (DIY or professionally made)
Mental Health Awareness Month
3 things to do:
- Invite some important people in your life to do a gratitude challenge
- Get trained in Mental Health First Aid
- Tell your coworkers about Empower Work, an organization that offers free and confidential support for work problems
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
3 things to do:
- Browse the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s care package of poems, meditations, and films
- Explore the Center for Asian American Media’s archival collection
- Support AAPI women-owned businesses, such as Nguyen Coffee Supply and Chocovivo
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