Weekly Learnings

Weekly Learnings Roundup (July 17, 2016)

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 Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym by Bradley Stulberg

Exercise should be as fundamental to your weekly priorities as eating quality food and getting enough sleep. Beyond the health benefits, exercise can also build greater resilience in your mindset and seep positive benefits to all aspects of your life.

Think Less, Think Better by Moshe Bar

Having less cognitive load allows us to think more creatively and clearly. That’s why practices like meditation which clear our mind can be tremendously beneficial. Concurrently, limiting the consumption of non-useful information allows us to keep our mind clear and ready for productive thinking.

A new podcast I’m enjoying —

Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell’s early books – The Tipping Point and Blink – was one of the reasons I became very interested in social psychology almost 10 years ago. And now he’s back with a podcast of his own called Revisionist History. He brings back his unique way of storytelling and connecting the dots. If you enjoy his books, I’m sure you’ll enjoy his podcast as well.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.

— Ben Sweetland

Productivity tip of the week —

Turn on Night Shift on iPhone

I recently upgraded my iPhone from a 5c to a 6 SE and one of the features that my new phone is compatible with is called Night Shift. It’s a setting that changes your phone’s colour setting to eliminate blue light from the screen. Blue light has been show to impact circardian rhythm and melatonin production meaning a potentially lower quality of sleep. If you have a phone that has this feature, I would highly recommend turning it on automatically at least an hour before your bed time. You’ll wake up more refreshed and hopefully more productive as a result.

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

Weekly Learnings

Weekly Learnings Roundup (May 8, 2016)

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.

This week, my favourite article was one on Medium by Rufus Griscom, Unsolicited Advice for My Three Sons, In No Particular Order. It’s filled with great advice for all of us on how to live life more fully and effectively. Have a great week everyone!

Favourite links from the week:

Unsolicited Advice for My Three Sons, In No Particular Order (Medium)

It Takes Effort to be Selfish (Scientific American)

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running (New York Magazine)

Read This Story Without Distraction (Can You?) (The New York Times)

The Downward & Upward Spiral of Health & Productivity (zen habits)

Product or service I’m loving:

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

If you’re in the market for a new everyday bag, you won’t go wrong with this one. I’ve owned this messenger bag from Timbuk2 for 2 years now and it still looks as good as new. The compartments are super organized and everything about it is easy to use. It’s also able to stand upright on its own (if you have some stuff in it) which makes it really easy to search for things inside it. It’s a bit pricier than your run of the mill messenger bags at ~$110 USD but well worth it since your bag is something you’ll be carrying almost everyday.

A web show I’m enjoying:

The Tim Ferriss Experiment

As you may know, I’m a big fan of Tim Ferriss. I think his podcast is one of the best podcasts available out there. I particularly like Ferriss’s ability to break down a seemingly complex activity into manageable pieces. That’s what The Tim Ferriss Experiment is all about. In this 13 episode program, he breaks down the art and science of a variety of activities including open-water swimming, poker, golf, rapid language learning, etc. It’s an incredible look at how someone can go from no to little knowledge of the activity and become fairly adept at it by three days. It’s not only entertaining but provides some great lessons in how to learn better. Check out any of the episodes (about $3 per) that tickle your fancy.

A quote that’s inspiring me:

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

As always, thank you to those that liked, re-tweeted, or commented on my Tweets. See you on next week’s round up!