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 —

How to Become a ‘Superager’ by Lisa Feldman Barrett

A quick read on the latest in neuroscience and the secret to becoming a “superager”. They key to maintaining your mental acuity? Do something really difficult – mentally or physically.

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

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

An incredible series that I basically consumed within a few days. I was too young to remember or even understand the impacts of the “Trial of the Century” but this series does a great job cataloguing both sides of the events. It serves as a great reminder of where American race relations were only 20 years ago and where we still are today. Fantastic performances by John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, and Courtney B. Vance in this star-studded series.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

There will always be an infinity of things to do. We can never get our life or our business or our kitchen running exactly the way we want it to run. No matter how we envision it, it can’t be that way. Life is not predetermined to the point that we can get to some stage and then see how it all works. What happens is that we have a better and better understanding of things, we have more and more clarity and ability to deal with things as they arise. But they keep arising, endlessly. The empty sky is always creating new clouds. The pot is always boiling.

— Kōshō Uchiyama

a Sōtō priest and origami master

Productivity tip of the week —

Setup blackout conditions in your bedroom.

Creating blackout conditions in your bedroom is really important for high-quality sleep. Ideally, you can setup some type of blackout curtains but if you’re like me and you already have built-in curtains, you can use a sleep mask to create blackout conditions. Your eyes and even your skin can absorb ambient light from outside to disrupt your sleep so blackout curtains or a high-quality sleep mask can really help. Another quick tip is to make sure your phone or tablet is kept outside your bedroom so you don’t get the blue light from the screens affecting your sleep.

Product or service I’m loving —

40 Blinks Sleep Mask by Bucky

This is my favourite sleep mask. The contoured cups for each eye allows for your eyes to blink which makes it really comfortable to wear. I definitely bring this when I’m traveling and wear it at home to make sure the ambient light from the street doesn’t disrupt my sleep.

Featured image via LUM3N by Snufkin.

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