Episode Number 29Jonathan Fields on Good Life

As his bio says, Jonathan Fields is a dad, husband, New Yorker, author and speaker, serial wellness-industry entrepreneur, recovering S.E.C./mega-firm hedge-fund lawyer, slightly-warped, unusually-stretchy, spiritually-inclined, obsessed with creation, marketing and innovation consultant, venture partner and book-marketing educator. It’s no surprise that someone this busy would be a guest on this week’s edition of The Work Talk Show!

Show Notes

As someone who's written multiple books including Uncertainty and built businesses both brick and mortar and in the virtual world, Jonathan Fields knows how to get things done. These days most of his focus is on The Good Life Project, a media and education venture on what it means to live a good life. While he has a calm exterior, Fields notes that he often has a lot going on under the surface. In a larger sense, he feels this is symptomatic of our culture's relentless nature, citing many Eastern societies long-standing tradition of daily practice and maintaing personal peace.

When DJ noted having trouble making time for his own personal meditation from previous guest Christoper Penn, Jonathan asked if he'd given it homescreen real estate on his phone, adding that this often helps drive rituals and habits in our digital society. Fields also noted the work of BJ Fogg and his study of behavior models.

With practices like meditation, and many habits discussed on The Work Talk Show, Fields warns us "not to peg things to when other people do them … you have to peg it to what works for you." For his practice, he begins each day with meditation. This, in turn, stokes his creative fires for the rest of the day.

To increase his own productivity, Fields is currently auditing how he spends his time via RescueTime so he can structure a schedule with enough extra time built in for creativity. Like previous guests, he's seeing a ton of time spent on email and is working to restructure how he handles his inbox. He and DJ are both experimenting with the new Mailbox app.

For shout-outs and shameless plugs, DJ mentioned an article from Buffer on how much sleep we need to be productive. Both DJ and Nick referenced the recent Boston Marathon bombings as well. Jonathan also pointed us to a Boston-based friend's site, The Open Heart Project, where people can study meditation.

Until next week, we'll see you on the Internet!

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