Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a quick hit of interesting learnings and articles I came across this week.
It’s a motley assortment of tips, resources, and links that will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for the upcoming week. Enjoy!
What I’m reading —
To Create a Habit, Tell a Good Story by Leo Babauta
Leo nails it on the head with this piece. Starting a habit is easy. It’s the stories that we tell ourselves as we’re developing and maintaining that habit which is harder. Some great, practical advice on telling a better habit story.
TV show I’m enjoying (again) —
I know… you might be thinking “Peter, are you stuck in the 2000’s still with your TV show recommendations?” Granted it’s a bit dated, but Survivor (which is now headed into its 33rd season) takes the cake for real, human drama. The show is based on a group of approximately 20 people who are castaway on an island and must rely on and compete with each other to become the sole survivor. Over the course of 39 days, they compete in challenges and form alliances to avoid being voted out. The show is a valuable look into the importance of building social capital, creating meaningful connections, and all the while executing on your strategy at the right time. While the game might seem unapplicable to our daily lives, the emotional challenges are still highly relatable in the real world. Any other Survivor fans out there?
A quote that’s inspiring me —
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
— Bruce Lee
Productivity tip of the week —
Use your email as a to-do list
If you’re like most people, you likely check our email multiple times a day. So why not use it for more than just sending and replying to messages? I’ve been using my email as a tool to keep track of tasks that I need to complete. Task-specific emails get the subject line “Task: … … …” then I fill in the specific task and email it to myself. When the task is complete, I archive it and it’s complete. If there’s a task that I want to snooze to a later time or date, I use followup.cc to have the task come back to me at a better time. This significantly reduces my energy output from having to switch to another to-do list type tool.
Product or service I’m loving —
Probably some of the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever worn. Period. Use this code (via Tim Ferriss) to get 20% off of your first order.
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