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Jessica's Friday Five

by Jessica Eastman Stewart

Five practical tips every Friday for making your life more joyful and easy. A wildly popular email newsletter with thousands of readers.

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Jessica's Friday Five: Job search resources, LEGO mag, and steaks for Father's Day

Hi Reader, It's been an odd week here - both of my kids are at sleepaway camp this week, and the rhythms of life are quite different from our normal. I don't have an 8-year-old climbing into bed with me for cuddles and Wordle every morning. There's no one to remind to put shoes on in the morning. We eagerly check the camp app for their photos and the mailbox for letters. Today we got one that reports that the food is "absolutly amasing" (I love childrens' spelling so much), especially the...

4 days ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, Earlier this week, I facilitated a team retreat where we talked about communication for teams—from decision-making to which communications platforms (Slack, text, email, etc.) should be used for different things to how to appreciate and apologize to each other. One of the tools we used was Sam Kaner's Gradients of Agreement for consensus-based decision-making. Aiming for consensus is valuable, especially when a decision is long-lasting and needs strong buy-in from everyone. Have...

6 days ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, My kids finished their school year yesterday so it's summer vibes here in our home and I wanted to update the Friday Five imagery to match that mood. I hope you are headed into a nice weekend. If you're feeling stressed right now, here's a suggestion: answer the following question and then take action: "What's the biggest problem I can solve in the next hour?" Here's to all of us having some time to just be, not do, in the next few days. Let's get to your Friday Five! 6 best books...

11 days ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, Short weeks - do you love them or hate them? I'm on the fence. Long weekends are nice (less nice than before I had kids, if I'm honest), but I find that it's so rare to effectively curb workweek expectations down to 4 days when that's not the norm. So then it feels like 5 days of work crammed into 4 days. Not exactly relaxing. If you're in the US like me, I hope your 4-day week was manageable and perhaps even lovely! Let's get to your Friday Five. What I bought this month: You...

18 days ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, Hundreds of new folks are here since last month's issue - welcome! I share 4 practical ideas or tips each month to help you as a leader at work. I'd love to know the biggest challenges you're facing at work these days - are there topics I could cover in future issues of this newsletter that would be valuable to you, or a question you'd like my quick thoughts on? Feel free to reply with your thoughts and it will come directly to me. Let's get to your Monthly Management Memo - as...

19 days ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, I had dinner and drinks with some great friends last night - we used to work together years ago - and it was such a joy. Is there a group of people you wish you could catch up with and spend some in-person time with soon? Pause right now and send a text to get the ball rollling: "Hey - it would be so fun to see all of you. Could we find a night to grab dinner next month?" You will be so glad you did. Let's get to your Friday Five! Freeing up Google storage space: I get asked often...

25 days ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, A warm welcome to the 600+ of you who have joined us here in this Friday Five community in the last week. I'm Jess, and every week, I share 5 things that I think are helpful. I hope you love reading it as much as I love writing it! On a different topic, did any of you get to see the Northern Lights this last week? I didn't, but it was SO fun to see pictures from friends in all parts of the world that don't normally get that treat. Maybe I gotta get to Iceland one of these days to...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Hi Reader, This weekend is a celebration of Mother's Day in the US. As someone who lost my mother last month, I'm sending love to you however this holiday is feeling for you. Here's what I won't be doing: playing flag football. My son's flag football league invited moms to join a flag football team for practices all this week and then a series of 4 games this weekend, culminating in a mom's flag football championship on Sunday. If I were to list 10,000 things I'd like to do for Mother's Day,...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, I hope your May is going okay so far. This week, my friend shared some wisdom with me that I wanted to pass along to all of you. As you might have read, my mom passed away last month. One of the surprising aspects of grief for me has been how exhausted I feel all the time, and when I mentioned that, Jenna shared, "The harder you fight the exhaustion, the longer you'll be exhausted." What a simple and obvious truth. But somehow, it is very difficult to remember at the moment. Let's...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hi Reader, Thank you for all of the kind responses to my email last week sharing that my mother had passed away. I heard from so many of you; it was a balm for this tough time. ❤️ I wrote about some lessons for managers at work to support employees experiencing grief here on LinkedIn, and my friend Thomas shared with me this beautiful video of Andrew Garland discussing grief as unexpressed love. The funeral home that supported my mom lets anyone sign up for one year of grief messages via...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read
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