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Journaling with S’well CEO Sarah Kauss

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As we settle into 2016, it’s important for us to continue to develop new and positive habits. Our fearless leader, S’well CEO and founder Sarah Kauss, attributes much of her ability to successfully run a thriving company to one daily habit: journaling. For those of you who have yet to give it a try, journaling can be a great deal more rewarding than the ordinary “dear diary” scenario. In fact, according to recent reports, journaling can provide you with countless benefits, including stretching your IQ, evoking mindfulness, helping to identify and achieve goals, improving communication skills, strengthening self-discipline and sparking creativity. According to Sarah, journaling allows her to reflect on company progress or capture positive momentum in a more proactive way. Check out what she has to say on the subject below.

“Journaling allows the opportunity to step away from an environment bombarded with emails, phone calls, and messages. With journaling you actually have that space to be proactive and say ‘this is what I’m going to capture from this experience.’ This practice has not only been vital to running my business, but critical to upholding all of the qualities I want my team to embrace. By taking time for careful reflection, leaders can assess their reactions to situations, the dynamics amongst the team, and the overall level of engagement as it relates to employee interactions and company morale. More than that, it has given me the focus to identify my strengths and the activities that bring me the greatest joy. Surprisingly, the least glamorous tasks of my professional career to date have been some of my career highlights. I have gleaned many lessons about where I can be most engaged and therefore most successful in the workplace. Journaling has also given me patience and sharpened my ability to plan. Although it can seem that I’m making only baby steps of progress — and, yes, sometimes going sideways or even backwards before moving forward — my journal is an independent arbiter (and a silent cheerleader). There will always be more progress to make, but for me it is important to know that I am moving closer to my goals. I am always encouraged to look back and know how far I have come in a year’s time, and how major obstacles seem to become minor speed bumps in hindsight. This record gives me great patience and perspective when new challenges come my way. Even now as a very busy entrepreneur, I can’t imagine not taking a few moments at the end of each day to record in my journal the progress made and my hopes and plans for the next phases of success.”
-Sarah Kauss

Speak no more, SK. You have us convinced. For more information on journaling in the workplace check out Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. For more New Year, New You lifestyle tips, visit our Pinterest page.

New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 is full of potential, so we are naming January the month of “New Year, New You.” Over the next few weeks, we (plus, some guest bloggers) will be posting about different ways you can improve yourself this year. We’ll cover it all: from clean eats and workouts that make you s’weat, to beauty and lifestyle tips. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions from Team S’well.

  1. Get more sleep. Quit binge-watching the new Netflix show and get those z’s.
  2. Take more pictures.

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  1. Pick up a new hobby. Learn a new language. Learn to code!
  2. Keep things tidy and join the #cleandeskclub.
  3. Meet more people. Just swipe right.
  4. Take some time to reflect and journal regularly.
  5. Recycle more, waste less. Less plastic, more S’well.
  6. Go to more concerts. They sound even better live.

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  1. Read more. Your daily subway commute will fly by with a good read.
  2. Travel. Get out of your comfort zone & explore.

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  1. Hit the gym or your favorite spin class. We’re partial to our neighborhood Equinox.
  2. Learn to cook. Follow our Pinterest board for kitchen inspo.

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  1. Don’t s’weat the little things. Everything will be alright.
  2. Drop your keys and save gas by walking or riding a bike to your next destination.

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  1. Be on time even if that means setting your clock early.
  2. Show gratitude. Focusing on the good things in life will make you happier.
  3. Tweet less, live more IRL.
  4. Drink more water. We can help with that.

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There are plenty of more “New Year, New You” blog posts to come, so be on the lookout. Until then, you can check out more lifestyle tips on our Pinterest page.