Just Finished: Mindfulness

Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer

This book encourages active thinking. It encourages trying to look at problems and interpersonal conflicts from multiple perspectives so as to look for different options for resolutions rather than being locked into one way of doing things simply because that’s the way it’s always been done.

For me, the key takeaways were:

  • Try and see things from multiple perspectives and avoid unhealthy bias
  • Process beats outcome, but make sure the process is working well and not just a mindless construct to blindly follow
  • Think about and ask “why” a certain thing is done a certain way or “why” someone (or you) reacted a certain way
  • Do not get hung up on over-analysis. Make a decision and move forward. There will not always be one correct answer for every problem. Rather than looking for the right decision, make the best decision you can and make the decision right.