Weekly Learnings Roundup (February 5, 2017)

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 —


Taking full responsibility and ownership of your life is transforming. When we blame others for something bad that happened, we don’t gain control of our lives. Blaming is counterproductive because the perpetrator cannot fix what has already happened. The onus is on ourselves to take responsbility and do something about it. Great piece from Mark Manson about the responsibility/fault fallacy.

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

The Hunt for Bin Laden (on Netflix)

An eye-opening documentary on the War on Terror and how the Obama administration was finally able to track down Bin Laden. I can’t say I’m an expert in this area but I found the documentary informative on how modern terrorism has grown and how it took 3 US Presidents to locate one man.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

Don’t think about it, just do it. Most of your stress is in your thinking about what you have to do, but if you just do it you find the doing is easy. It’s the thinking that’s hard.

— Ajahn Brahm

(British Theravada Buddhist monk)

Productivity tip of the week —

Tea, reading, and meditation to start your day.

Over the past year, I’ve been experimenting with a morning ritual that involves brewing a green tea in the morning followed by 15-minutes of reading followed by a 5-15 minute meditation.

Personally, this combination has worked really well for me. Green tea is a very nice way to start the day compared to the jolt that I get from coffee. As the tea is brewing, I open up a book, read for 15-minutes, and sip the tea when it’s ready. Once I’m in an inspired mental state, I go through a daily guided meditation from Mary Meckley at Sip and Om.

I find that this combination of self-care activities gets me feeling excited to tackle the day. The mindfulness and feeling of presence within my body also helps with dealing with challenges and problems that may arise during the day.

Do you have a morning ritual? If so, post your own ritual in the comments below!

Featured image by Joshua Earle via Unsplash.

As always, thanks for checking out this Weekly Learnings Roundup. Follow me on Twitter @peternakamura to see the full list of articles that I share on a daily basis.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Learnings Roundup (February 5, 2017)

  1. Love the idea of starting the day with 15 minutes of reading! I’ve tried it out the past few days and really enjoyed it.



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