This is a really good list of apps that will make you life and your work more productive: 17 Great Apps That’ll Make Your Life Easier.
I’ve used a number of them and have found them helpful. You may not use them all, but even adding 2 or 3 to your toolbox will make you better.
You can find many places on the internet where you are encouraged to Follow Your Passion. One such place is here: Why Following Your Passions Is Good for You (and How to Get Started) – The New York Times
Love to cook? Love to write? If those are your passions, then the internet wants you to follow them.
But what if you don’t have specific passions. The NYTimes piece has an answer for that too:
No passions? Cultivate skills instead
While hobbies both enrich our lives and can turn into rewarding careers, those of us who don’t have a particular obsession aren’t hopelessly out of luck. Instead, cultivate skills that will give you a leg up in your field. We all carry a “toolbox” to work in the form of specific abilities that make us better at our jobs. Some experts say leveling up on some of these will improve your job satisfaction more than initial enthusiasm ever will.
It’s easier to improve yourself in an area you are passionate about. But taking pride in your skills and your qualities and working to hone them is worthwhile. If there’s not an area you feel a strong passion for, at least improve in the areas you can.
Passion is a strong word. So is pride. If you can follow your passion, follow your pride and be justly proud of the things you are good at.
I liked both of these articles:
- A Lone Man Spends 53 Years Building a Cathedral by Hand | Colossal
- Janitor secretly amassed an $8 million fortune and gave most of it away
Both men accomplished significant acts of creativity and generosity without having much resources. In both cases, the things they had in abundance were
They didn’t have a great amount of money or genius or things that people think you need to accomplish extraordinary things.
According to this article, you need to:
- Acknowledge what you are grateful for.
- Label those negative emotions you feel.
- Make decisions.
- Touch people more (appropriately, obviously).
Lots of references in the piece, so read it and get busy and get happier.