URLs of wisdom – resilience and self-care edition – August 2017

URLs of wisdom is a round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology. This week is a special instalment of the URLS of wisdom in which I round up some links that explore self-care and the challenges of maintaining resilience in our online interactions.

From social in silico 

It’s been a few weeks since the last URLs of wisdom. Here’s what’s new on the blog since then.


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Reading for Leading #4: Check-in with your calendar

Check-in with your calendar

Check-in with your calendar. Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948/

When you have a quiet moment, take a seat, make yourself comfortable and make sure you’re going to be undisturbed. Then open your calendar for next week. Starting with Monday, slowly read through each day, appointment by appointment, noticing how each one makes you feel.

What are you looking forward to? What fills you with dread? Are you ever double or triple-booked? Have you allowed time for lunch? Are there days that feel about right?

Our calendars reflect how we choose to spend our days. Do you feel in control of yours or as though its scheduling is down to others? What would it take for your calendar to be an ally not an obstacle to getting your work done?

Source of inspiration: Janice Marturano’s “Finding the space to lead”

Reading for Leading #3: If you feel helpless, help someone

If you feel helpless, help someone

Helping hands
Image credit: author’s own


Next time you feel blocked – struggling with finding the right phrase for a crucial email, frustrated by a technical issue or feeling unsupported by someone you considered an ally, instead of giving in to the feelings of disappointment, anger or resistance, what happens if you put the issue down and look for a way to offer a hand to someone else?

It could be changing the toner cartridge in the photocopier, replenishing the printer with paper, proof-reading a colleague’s latest report or reviewing a collaborator’s newest results. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture – start with something that feels manageable right now.

How does being helpful in a hopeless moment make you feel?