The calendar is an indispensable tool in our over-committed and over-stimulated culture, and one no longer reserved solely for work commitments and appointments. Many busy people, faced with ever-dwindling free time, resort to scheduling everything from time with friends and family to sex with a partner.
But is scheduling your free time a good idea?
Researchers from Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and Rutgers Business School evaluated existing research (much of it their own) on time management tactics and how they affect the uptake, outcome and enjoyment of various activities. Many of their assessments, which are published in the journal Current Opinion in Psychology, are in line with conventional productivity wisdom. They determined that scheduling an activity increases the likelihood that it’ll get done, for example, and that multitasking helps people achieve more, but with spottier results.
When it comes to enjoying leisure activities, however, the researchers found that classic time management strategies may backfire…
read more: http://time.com/5331721/enjoy-leisure-activities-study/
Sending someone on an African safari, staying in an Irish castle or going to Coachella makes them happier in the long run than a physical object. The perfect gift isn’t something you can wrap. More people want memorable experiences over the latest iPhone or designer bag — and their friends and family are more than happy to oblige by booking a table at a favorite restaurant, fueling an adrenaline rush with a skydiving session…
“It’s possible that we are in a post-materialistic world where we have enough stuff, and now people are focusing more on acquiring experiences,” said Dr. Joseph K. Goodman, an Ohio State University professor, who has co-authored a paper on “When Consumers Prefer to Give Material Gifts Instead of Experiences.”
“The other possibility is that people are looking for more unique gifts,” he also told Moneyish, “and we know more research that experiences are more unique and less comparable; two sweaters can be compared easily, but two vacations are much harder to compare, and have their own unique qualities and benefits.”…
Moneyish by Nicole Lyn Pesce @pescenic
By Selin Malkoc, full article at The Conversation and at Time.
Graduation season is upon us, and for many graduates, it’s a moment they’ll want to remember for the rest of their lives.
Yet families often wonder about the best way to mark this special occasion. The graduation gift, of course, is one way. But then comes the tough part: deciding on the gift.
I recently faced a (somewhat) similar predicament. I’d been promoted, and I wanted to treat myself. There was this ring I’d been coveting; but after a quick Google search for the best way to treat yourself, the recommendations were unanimous: Splurge on an experience – a trip or a retreat.
Just to make sure, I decided to approach my colleague Joseph Goodman, who has researched the relationship between purchases and happiness. He, too, suggested that I take a vacation to add another experience to my store of memories. After all, he and others have convincingly shown that experiences – rather than material goods – are more closely related to happiness.
Still, I had the nagging feeling that I’d be better off buying the ring. Was I just trying to find an excuse to buy something I’d wanted for a while? Or is there something else at play when we choose gifts, whether it’s for ourselves or others? Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/some-graduation-gifts-really-are-better-than-others-77653
Why Scheduling Your Free Time Might Ruin It. Americans are becoming increasingly dependent on our calendars. But what happens when you start to schedule free time? Bad things, says Selin Malkoc. @NPR: Innovation Hub w/ Selin Malkoc http://www.npr.org/podcasts/512646501/innovation-hub
Nothing ruins a potentially fun event like putting it on your calendar.
In a series of studies, researchers found that scheduling a leisure activity like seeing a movie or taking a coffee break led people to anticipate less enjoyment and actually enjoy the event less than if the same activities were unplanned…