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 —

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime by Ferris Jabr

Extensive article on why your brain needs downtime and the solution doesn’t have to be a 6-month sabattical. Here were my top takeaways:

1) Consciously build out downtime/down days during the work week. (E.g. Half-day Friday and no screentime after 8pm.)

2) Take a 10-20 minute nap in the early afternoon.

3) Continue my mindfulness meditation practice.

4) Spend more time walking outdoors – ideally in nature.

Books, documentaries, or podcast episodes I’m enjoying —

Testing The “Impossible”: 17 Questions That Changed My Life by The Tim Ferriss Show

One of the biggest things I admire about Tim Ferriss is his willingness to test assumptions. And this list of 17 Questions is a fantastic look into the way Tim’s brain works in challenging conventional wisdom. Even incorporating one or two of these questions into your life like “What if I did the opposite for 48 hours?” or “What do I spend a silly amount of money on? How might I scratch my own itch?” can result in new ideas and opportunities both personally and professionally. Highly recommended list to look through and the podcast episode is great too for further context on his thinking process.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

— Marcus Aurelius

Productivity tip of the week —

Track Your Sleep Efficiency

Getting enough quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do to be productive during the day. Most of us, however, tend to lack awareness around the quality of sleep we had the night before. For the last month and a half, I’ve been logging the number of hours of sleep I’ve logged and calculated my Sleep Efficency.

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See rows 5 and 6 for my sleep time and efficency scores.

Logging my Sleep Efficiency has given me insight on the importance of not only the number of hours I’ve slept but the quality of the sleep. Just because I slept for 10+ hours doesn’t mean the sleep was restorative. Reviewing both of these numbers on a daily basis has allowed me to develop a more nuanced awareness of how I sleep and how I can improve upon it.

Product or service I’m loving —

BONECO Warm or Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier 7135

If you’re in the market for a humidifier this winter, I recommend taking a look BONECO’s Ultrasonic Humidifier 7135. It’s not cheap (~200-250 CAD) but it’s worth the investment when you’re dealing with extremely dry conditions during the winter. While it’s not powerful enough to humidify an entire house or apartment, it’s a good option to humidify your office or bedroom.

Side note: The ancillary items like the carbon hydro cell or demineralization cartridge are expensive but I just replace them at the end of the winter season. In fact, I wouldn’t even buy the carbon hydro cells as they’ve stained my unit slightly with the residual carbon dust.

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