Happiness, habits, and human nature. That is pretty much the fulcrum of everything Gretchen Rubin does; here’s a little intro to her.
Gretchen Rubin is a speaker, blogger and author. This has been her main focus for the last 17 years. She was educated within law from Yale University. She has written 7 books and publishes a weekly podcast. Her general focus is on habits, happiness, and human nature.
Of course she has also become a LinkedIn Influencer. She is approaching 1.7 million followers which she got through her 365 posts. Currently she keeps a pace of about 5-10 posts on LinkedIn alone every month. So, she is very active indeed compared to many other Influencers.
Let’s take a brief tour of some of her recent posts which I particularly enjoyed reading.
- Here’s My Habits Manifesto. What’s Yours? – She argues a manifesto is helpful for clarifying your thinking. And if you want to break some habits this may be the way to go. She provides her version of a habits manifesto.
- Want To Be a Better Listener? Try These 5 Tips – Being a good listener is an important skill. In this post she provides 5 great tips for becoming a better listener.
- Sometimes You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy – This is basically as brief as you can be in a LinkedIn post. She briefly dwells on the concept of leisureliness.
- Why We (Mostly) Shouldn’t Reward Our Good Habits – Here she outlines 5 pitfalls when using carrots for breaking habits. They are quite interesting to think about as you may find you have been setting yourself up for failure for many years.
- Do You Always Ask “Why?” Maybe You’re a Questioner. – This is one of her articles on the Four Tendencies framework. Basically it’s a personality type indicator that maps your human nature on four tendencies archetypes. And this post zooms in on the Questioner A person that meets inner expectations rather than meets outer expectations.
I have found that she is a great person to follow. Her posts maintains your focus on striking a fitting work-life balance that really makes you happy. Where that balance lies is entirely up to you, but reflection is needed to find the right balance. And Gretchen Rubin is one way to get proper inspiration in 2016.