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 —

The Power of Buying Less by Buying Better by Elizabeth Cline

Did you know that Americans buy on average 64 items of clothing and more than seven pair of shoes per year? “Fast fashion” brands like H&M are making it cheaper for us to purchase clothing resulting in overflowing closets and clothing that often last less than 12-24 months. I’m a big fan of the idea of quality over quantity. Not only is it better for our wallets and closets but also for the environment. There are some really cool new online businesses that are going along this route. Some of these newcomers include Zady, Cuyana, Of a Kind, and Everlane. I’m particularly interested in getting a 10 Year Hoodie from Flint and Tinder.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

When the mind is at peace,

the world too is at peace.

Nothing real, nothing absent.

Not holding on to reality,

not getting stuck in the void,

you are neither holy nor wise, just

an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.

— Layman P’ang

a celebrated Chinese Buddhist

Productivity tip of the week —

Batch cook weekly meals on the weekend.

Food preparation is one of the most important yet most undervalued activities that we do during the day. Regularly cooking healthy meals at home can have a huge impact on your health and wallet. Since January, I started batch-cooking my meals for the week on the weekend. With a grocery delivery service like Mama Earth I have my produce for the week and all I need to do is pickup the protein and find the right recipe to prep my meals. Given my body’s preference for a ketogenic diet, I like to use the Bulletproof Cookbook and 4-Hour Chef as my go-to cookbooks. Having my fridge stocked with meals for the week helps me avoid eating out and ensures I can eat clean as consistently as I can.

Product or service I’m loving —

Inbox by Gmail

Gmail has been experimenting with a new version of it’s popular email client for at least a couple of years now. Inbox by Gmail is it’s newest version and it’s now light years ahead of Gmail. For starters, I love the built-in snooze function, bundling of emails that can be set to showup at a certain time, and majority of the keyboard shortcuts in Gmail that have been carried over for Inbox. If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend playing around with it – it wont affect your Gmail service.

Featured image via Unsplash by Jordan Sanchez.

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.

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