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Monday's List: Confronting Your Bias, an Ancient Practice, and Perfect Timing

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Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

“Psychological detachment from work, in addition to physical detachment, is crucial.” ― Daniel H. Pink, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

How We’re Testing Our Bias

IAT Test

So you think you’re unbiased? Maybe not. A new test from Harvard has come out to test your biases on everything from ageism to gender bias. And we’ve tried it. The test is definitely worth it. We haven’t done all of them yet, though we will. Each test takes less than 10 minutes, as the point is to go pretty quick through them all.

Once you’ve confronted your biases, it’s so much easier to face them head on. You can’t walk around the office (and life) not knowing which parts of your subconscious are biased. Otherwise you’ll never improve as a human and no one really wants that.

What We’re Reading

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

Ah perfect timing. Seems like an art doesn’t it? Pink delves into the science of perfect timing with practical advice for achieving it often in your own life. Imagine what your career would be like if you could always have “perfect timing”? We’re giving it a try.

Not convinced? Check out this direct quote: “Until about ten years ago, we admired those who could survive on only four hours of sleep and those stalwarts who worked through the night. They were heroes, people whose fierce devotion and commitment revealed everyone else’s fecklessness and frailty. Then, as sleep science reached the mainstream, we began to change our attitude. That sleepless guy wasn’t a hero. He was a fool. He was likely doing subpar work and maybe hurting the rest of us because of his poor choices. Breaks are now where sleep was then. Skipping lunch was once a badge of honor and taking a nap a mark of shame. No more. The science of timing now affirms what the Old World already understood: We should give ourselves a break.” Breaks and naps? Part of the secret to perfect timing? We’re here for it.

What We’re Writing

Thank You Notes

Our Founder Lydia had a great meeting with a client this week, and what did she do? She wrote a thank you card. By hand. We know – it’s practically unheard of these days. But thank you notes can go a long way. The lost art of writing someone to thank them for their time should not be dead with the influx of technology. Taking ten minutes out of your day to write a thank you note for a job well done to your team or to an interviewer at a job you really want is never a bad look. And it’ll mean more to people than you think. Imagine opening your mailbox to a thank you note amidst a stack of bills – day made instantly.