Keeping you informed: My top five favorite links

Here’s another round-up of my five favorite links that I’ve read and shared on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ over the past few weeks. I’ll give you the link and a brief description of what the article is about and why I liked it. Take a look at the ones that intrigue you.

1. Who’s In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

This fascinating interactive chart shows the typical workday for many different industries and professions. You can click on “All Jobs” or show a particular industry to see when most people work. This shows that most people still work a traditional workday of 9 to 5. Some industries, such as protective services; food preparation and serving; and arts, entertainment and media have more evening hours than other industries.

I liked this post because it combined fun with information. I used to work at a newspaper where I had to work some evening hours to meet a midnight deadline. This chart shows that even with the changes in how we work today, most of us still keep traditional hours. Now that I’m working at home and have flexibility, I still like to get the bulk of my work done during the day. However, I often get a surge of mental energy in the evenings and sometimes use that time to get more done. It was interesting to compare the schedules of different industries.

2. How Much of Yourself Do You Share on Social Media?

Should you share on social media, just because you can? What’s too private or uninteresting to share? This post poses those questions. The author considers the differences between authenticity, transparency and vulnerability. He says authenticity is the way you share, and transparency is the things you share. He urges us to always be authentic, even if we don’t share everything. He defines vulnerability as sharing the good and bad. By working with these three factors, you can decide what you feel comfortable sharing and how you share it.

I like to read posts that analyze what and how we share online in this age of social media. I tend to be pretty reserved about what I share, but some of the people I’m connected to share everything. I like the way this post puts sharing into terms of the three factors. When I do share, I’m authentic, but I don’t feel comfortable being too vulnerable. This post backs up what I’ve always believed: Just because we can share everything on social media doesn’t mean we have to, or that we should.

3. How to Smack Down Your Inner Critic Once and For All

This post takes a personal approach. The author describes his own problem with absentmindness and how he overcame it using a mindfulness technique. The technique involves using the breath to step back and watch your thoughts without identifying with them. Then, you let the destructive thoughts go, which allows you to create a space in your mind to rationally think through the problem.

We all have an inner critic. Often, I think our inner critic is harsher than any other critic. If you have a particular bad cycle of thoughts that disrupts your productivity, this technique can help. I’ve also done yoga, which teaches mindfulness, and this article shows that a mindful approach can be applied in many ways. Remembering to stop, breathe and let your thoughts go can help you get past your inner critic and on to being productive.

4. How Freelance Writers Can Choose Self-Confidence

This article talks about how our own inner talk undermines our self-confidence. The author gives a couple of tricks she used when she noticed her own negative self-talk, including wearing a rubber band and snapping it against her wrist. The pain helped her break the habit. But then the author points out that what helped her most was to choose self-confidence. Once she chose to have a better view of herself, her life improved.

I liked this article because it presents confidence as a choice. I’ve read many articles that say happiness is a choice, but I hadn’t seen confidence described that way. But I agree with it. We can’t control what other people think about us, but we can control how we react and what we think of ourselves. Maybe choosing confidence and happiness go hand in hand – if we’re more confident, we can also be happy with where our careers and lives are going.

5. Permission to Kick Ass: Granted

These last three links seem to have a theme, don’t they? This article also focuses on our talk about ourselves, but it focuses on what we say about what we do. The author proposes that your goal should be to do great things, instead of just expend great effort. Begin by adjusting your outlook to focus on success, then say yes to the right opportunities, and decide what success looks like to you.

I liked this article’s bold approach. Don’t we all want to kick a little ass, at least as far as what we do? This author combines boldness with practical tips that can help all of us picture ourselves succeeding. She points out that this is especially hard for women. I agree that even though some of the old stereotypes are disappearing, they’re not gone yet. I like the idea of having a clear vision and behaving like I’m already successful.

Now that I’m done with this post, I’m going to tell my inner critic to shut up, be confident that I’m good at what I do, and behave like a successful person!

I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I did!

Readers, what articles did you enjoy over the past few weeks? Which one on my list was your favorite? Share a link or a comment!

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