Some New Year Thoughts and Bertrand Russel on God

I wouldn’t be up to keeping specific New year resolutions, so I tell myself that new-year resolutions cramp us more than they free us. Instead, focus is best achieved out of inspiration.

I am beginning the New Year with some ideas and inspirations. First, the idea of less, but the best. To live a life inspired by simplicity and quality.

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1. Less Online, More Onlife

Social networking websites begin to steal some of our real life when we cross the edge. I have begun by restricting posting features to my facebook account. Hope to use it less and less frequently.

P.S. — If you are at the over the edge, check out this ‘web suicide‘ tool.

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2. Write, Design

The joy of writing could be translated in to writing more regularly. I have missed doing graphic design and drawing. Would like to pick up a chance when possible. For some beautiful inspirations on design, check out the posts at Web Designer Depot.

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3. Simple. Less. Best.

Have fewer wants. More freedom. Focus. Some useful and practical inspirations here.

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That’s it for now. On a different note, let me leave you with some parting thoughts on God. From the one and only, Bertrand Russel in this interview:

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The Surprising Science of Motivation

Dan Pink, the author of A Whole New Mind, talks at TED about motivation. Pink claims that extrinsic motivators like performance-based rewards (especially monetary) do not always improve performance. In fact, he argues, they have a largely diminishing effect on productivity, creative satisfaction and quality of work. Now Pink is not a philosopher or your rosy-posy motivational speaker. He cites various examples, like this one from the London School of Economics, to support his point.

I found it interesting to hear what Pink identified as the 3 main motivating factors at work:

1. Autonomy — The freedom to pursue independent ideas and thoughts, flexibility to manage your own schedule. (He cited Google and ROWE as examples. Of course we all know the story of each Google employee getting 20% of their work-time to do anything they want; about 50% of the company’s new products germinate here. ROWE goes one step even further.)

2. Mastery — The desire and opportunity to become better and better at something that matters.

3. Purpose — “The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.”

Pink was speaking in the context of businesses and management, but I guess the same holds true in lots of other cases. These 3 factors also explain why we have writers, designers, scientists, artists and freelancers, not all of who are making loads of money, but still giving their best at what they do.

Link to the talk at TED.