According to Doug Crawford, there are a few key things that scientists need in order to succeed in the labs: one of them being coffee, and the other is snacks! Our newly adapted weekly tradition of Fika was inspired by the Swedish culture. Fika, which roughly translates from Swedish as drinking coffee, munching sweet treats and chatting — is as much a part of the working day in Sweden as emailing and fixing the printer.
Traditionally, most of the events we celebrate in life are the big milestones we accomplish – birthdays, graduation, retirement, the first round of investments. Often, we are too focused on the “goal” or the “outcome” that we forget about the small steppingstones along the way; the “small wins” in our day-to-day lives that drive the initiative to accomplish even bigger milestones.