April 13, 2021

The Gifts of Beauty and Excellence

Springtime is a time of new beginnings! Daylight savings time, spurts of green growth if you’ve been in a winter climate, and refreshed hope and gratitude. Spring is a perfect time to use your gift of strength for appreciation of beauty and excellence.

“Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.”

Here are three ways to use your appreciation:

Spend 20 minutes outdoors. Feeling a little off your game? Take a trip to an outdoor place you’re fond of and appreciate all of the beauty around you. Take a few pictures as a souvenir of your trip. Studies led by Frances Kuo, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Illinois, showed that kids with greater exposure to nature had greater attentiveness and we know adults are happier after green-space time so you get double the impact from going!

Cultivate a culture of focusing on what’s going right in your work. Often we get swept up in making improvements on what’s not working, so instead, pause to really celebrate your and your team’s successes. How about appreciating the expertise of a co-worker? (Bonus points if you actually tell them!)

Write a poem on the bathroom mirror. Bring flowers into your home. Notice the beauty and excellence right in your own family or roommates, or even at the craftspeople who built your physical space! Share admiration for their talents and marvel at your own mastery.

Strengthening your appreciation for beauty and excellence cultivates awe and wonder, which leads to a happier life.

What other ideas can you think of? 

Cool Resource

I don't know if there is any app more vital to my life than my digital calendar. Google Calendar has become an extension of my brain and the saving grace that keeps my rapidly cycling ADHD wiring from forgetting where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be doing at any given moment. 

I use Google Calendar to keep track of everything from appointments and reminders to deadlines and projects and even birthdays (shh...it's a superpower). I also use it for managing important tasks and to-do's that I don't want to forget. Whether on my computer or my phone, my trusty planner comrade is always close by and making sure I appear to be organized and on top of things.

Like most other Google tools, Calendar has some super-useful shortcuts and options that are out of sight and all too easy to overlook — features that can make my precious virtual ally even more helpful. Let's dig in!

While looking at your agenda on the Calendar website from a computer, you can quickly switch between different views without ever lifting fingers off your keyboard:

  • Pressing 1 or "d" will get you the Day view.
  • Hitting 2 or "w" will whoosh you over to the Week view.
  • 3 or "m" are the hotkeys for your Month view.
  • 4 or "x" will zip you into your custom view — which you can set to be anything from two days to four weeks by opening Calendar's settings, clicking "View options" (under the General section), then looking for the "Set custom view" dropdown (nifty huh?).
  • Pressing 5 or "a" will take you to the Agenda view.
  • And 6 or "y" will get you the Year view.

Calendar's most helpful hotkey! (drum roll, please)

  • Tap the "g" key, no matter what view you're seeing, and you'll power right to any date in the past or future. (beam me over, Scotty!)
    Just type the date you want into the box that appears on your screen, using either a standard numerical date format or a text-based description.
  • When you're done moseying around in the past or future and you're ready to return to the present, hit "t". That will teleport you back to the current date, no matter how far away in your calendar you were browsing.

That's it for this round. Clear some time in your calendar for our next newsletter and we will share more of Google Calendar's undiscovered treasures.

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