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Humans 101

Our culture’s fear of laziness is destroying us

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I’m a social psychologist, clinical assistant professor, and the author of the book Laziness Does Not Exist. My book is all about how our culture’s fear of laziness leads to overwork, exploitation, and alienation. In it, I also discuss how each of us can unlearn our hatred of laziness and…

Humans 101

Nothing beats living in alignment with your values

My heart was pounding—not a good sign. I opened my mouth, and it felt chalky. I needed water, lots of it. My mind was freezing up too. The mouths of the four people interviewing me were moving, but I couldn’t process what they were saying; panic swallowed me up. I…

How sheets, docs, and folders can help you make sense of your relationships (and yourself)

We often use organizational tools to manage our external lives: to track deadlines, goals, and tedious projects that require pivot tables and formulas. …

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Beat perfectionism by embracing this one simple concept

When I start on a new post, I’m off to the races.

Words connect, the creative juices flow, and I’m able to get a lot done.

Express Yourself

Get over your fear of other people if you really want creative success

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I’ve lost track of how many people have told me that they’d never show the draft of their book to anyone. This admission is often accompanied by the qualifier that they’ll show it to someone “when it’s ready.” …

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You can’t predict the countless benefits that await you on the other side

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Life leaps come in varying distances.

Some feel lofty and risky:

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Learn the three rules of self-doubt to silence its voice for good

Of all the emotions I struggle with, the toughest is self-doubt.

To give you an idea of our tenuous relationship, here are some of the questions self-doubt routinely asks me:

“Hey, you. Yeah, you. Will your work ever be good enough?”

“Do you really think you’ll be able to grow…

Express Yourself

You may disagree with your editor, but they’re (probably) right

Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and telling the truth.

Have a question? Share it with us.

Dear Draft,

I’m using the lockdown to…

Humans 101

“What am I doing for the most important person in my life?“

Our lives are composed of days. They pile on, one after the next, and if we’re honest, most of us would admit we don’t use each one as well as we could.

Maybe you’ve tried to micromanage your time and force yourself into a robotic routine — but that only…

Humans 101

When keeping up daily routines feels impossible, there’s a deeper cause at play

If there’s been any resounding sentiment on the internet over the past few weeks, it’s this: Functioning at optimal levels of productivity simply isn’t a reasonable expectation right now.

This is true. However, it ignores the fact that many of us lacked motivation before the pandemic — and our current…

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