7 Tips For Happy Work

In this TED talk, designer Stefan Sagmeister reveals how he applied one key idea to get more happiness: “do less of the things that make you unhappy, and more of the things that make you happy.” A compulsive list maker, he came up with these seven principles, which guide the work he accepts.

Point number three is “using a wide range of tools and techniques”, and is really a trick to get away from the computer. And point seven involves forcing himself to accept work that half allows the use of skills he is already good at, and half requiring skills which are new. What’s nice is that work here is seen as the heart of happiness, not its antithesis, and that once the job is set up correctly, happiness necessarily follows.

This post originally appeared on Personal Shoplifter.



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