Welcome to the Weekly Reads, where I highlight articles that I found on the web and that are focused on career advice, lifestyle, beauty or anything I think would round-up as useful for the young, modern, working woman. Just get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee – or tea – and enjoy this week’s reads!
What have I been up to this week
The last couple of weeks have been fully spent at home – finally – & at work of course and I am happy to slowly ease back into my routine and “balance” the different aspects of my life. I am proud to say that I have been training quite consistently since the start of April – except for the two holidays I took in between of course – and I am super excited about it. I have discovered a HIIT (high intensity interval training ) workout right across the street from where I live and it’s the perfect format – 45 minutes of high intensity interval training that feels very efficient; and since it’s in group, you have no excuse but push through the workout.
The Weekly Reads
Google tools. Google has shared their tools for effective management with the world and these resource are pure gold. You can find material from 1:1 meetings templates to career plans or surveys for gathering feedback for managers.
One perfect fit. This piece I read on Hitha’s 5 Smart Reads (you can subscribe here) and this is the future of clothing sizing! A startup called Laws of Motion released a dress in 99 micro sizes. I mean how cool is that? What they do is “use data science to engineer 99 microsizes that account for unique shapes within sizes, designed a zero-waste manufacturing process based in NYC, and developed a set of algorithms that map women to their perfect size.”
Negotiation tricks for nice people. When you are too much of a nice person, make sure you show up prepared when you get into a negotiation. I, myself have “people pleasing” tendencies and so I need to extra aware in this kind of situations, and make an effort to stay assertive, so reading a few good tips here and there is always useful.
The case for the 6-hour workday. HBR said it but I would also vote for a 4-day work week instead. I strongly believe that with the productivity levels we have achieved and the technological immersion, there is absolutely no need for a 5-day workweek. People can easily do the same amount of work in a 4-day work week, especially you eliminate all of the BS tasks. Especially because more and more people have side businesses or passions nowadays or they are actively participating in society and volunteering, there is so much more positive externalities that can be generated from such a change.
Shoulder flossing. These are the kind of moves I need for my tight neck and shoulders. Hunching over my desk is not doing me any favour and the more the days pass, the more I tell myself that I need to actively take care of the body I am in.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great weekend!