Practice the art of ‘tinkering’

Break free from unwritten rules and focus on ‘little moments.’

If you’ve ever felt like you need to escape the daily grind—that human hamster wheel we call adulthood and work—and that you need some changes in your life, just try tinkering.

“Sometimes to make a change, you must do something big or crazy,” says Jason Kotecki, an author, artist, and “professional reminder-er.” “But most of the time, you just need to practice the art of tinkering.”

Kotecki says tinkering involves “repairing, adjusting, or working with something in an unskilled or experimental manner.” It’s also a way to break free from those rules we believe we have to follow but don’t really exist—such as not eating dessert first.

We often follow those rules not because we want to but because we’ve always done it that way, says Kotecki, who spoke at the CUNA Young Professionals Conference Thursday in Madison, Wis.


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