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 —

Putting off the important things? It’s not for the reasons you think. by Oliver Burkeman

This article hit home for me. The reason why I put off an important project or task is not because I’m lazy – it’s because I feel the need to have everything lined up before I start. It’s what the author calls the “Importance Trap” which means “the more an activity really matters to you, the more you start to believe you need focus, energy, and long stretches of uninterrupted time in which to do it – things that, you tell yourself, you likely lack.”

It’s the reason why the Pomodoro Technique works so well for me. I reduce complexity and say to myself, “I’ll sit down for 25 minutes and see where this goes.” Making it a little easier for me to overcome the “Importance Trap”.

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

Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel on Audible

I recently discovered Esther Perel, a relationship expert, on a Tim Ferriss Show podcast episode. I really enjoyed her take on relationships and what can break them and what can maintain them. She has a new show on Audible (for free) in which she records conversations with real-life couples about their marital issues. It’s fascinating, educational, and very real. Anyone in a relationship should listen to this series even if it makes us a little uncomfortable.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

The simple act of being completely attentive and present to another person is an act of love, and it fosters unshakeable well-being.

— Sharon Salzberg

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