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Weekly Learnings Roundup (August 20, 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 —

How to Be Better at Stress by Tara Parker-Pope via The New York Times

In a 2012 study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 28,000 people were asked about their stress level and compared them to premature death. The study found that having more stress didn’t necessarily lead to premature death but having a lot of stress and believing it was taking a toll resulted in a 43% higher risk of premature death.

This is an important and actionable finding. If we know we’re stressed but decide to do something about it, we increase the likelihood for disease prevention and long-term health. The article has some great tips on how you can go about reducing stress in your life.

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

The Magic of Thinking Big by Davd J. Schwartz

I first learned about this book through Tim Ferriss who said that this book helped him overcome the fear in launching his business and writing his first bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek. I picked it up and I was not disappointed. Although the book was written over 50 years ago, many of the lessons and actionable advice are highly applicable. I’ll be writing up a summary of this book on www.actionablebooks.com but I recommend picking up a copy and diving right into how you can transform your life by thinking big.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

Empathy suggests you enter another person’s pain as you’d enter another country, through immigration and custons, border-crossing by way of query: What grows where you are? What are the laws? What animals graze there?

— Leslie Jamison

“ah-ha!” thought of the week —

A little reshuffling goes a long way.

Earlier this week, I spent about an hour playing around with my home office configuration. I’d had the same layout for the past 2 years and felt that a bit of change would do wonders. And to my surprise… it did.

Instead of having my sit-down desk in the centre of the room, I now have it next to the window (natural light is key) and my standing next right next to it. This configuration also makes the layout a lot cleaner and open.

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If you’ve had the same home or office layout for the past little while, experiment with a little reshuffling. You’d be surprised at how even a small shift can make a big difference!

Featured image by Scott Web.

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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Weekly Learnings Roundup (Mar 27, 2016)

Hey there!

Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a “hit” of interesting learnings I had over the previous week.

This week’s learnings roundup is packed with awesome links. In particular, I loved James Clear’s new blog post around The Evolution of Anxiety – how we, humans, have brains wired for an “immediate return environment” when we actually live in a “delayed return environment”. It’s a great awareness-raising piece around how your brain works and how to hack it to excel in a delayed return environment.

What I’m reading this week:

What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace? (New York Times)

The Employee Engagement Problem No One Is Talking About (Business 2 Community)

[Audio] How to Avoid the Busy Trap (and Other Misuses of Your Time) (Tim Ferriss)

[Video] A comedian has the perfect response to people who call millennials entitled and narcissistic (Vox)

How Will Young People Choose Their Religion? (The Atlantic)

In Search of Forty Winks (The New Yorker)

[Video] How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed (TED)

How we used to die; how we die now (Exopermaculture)

The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry and What to Do About It (James Clear)

How to Get Busy Influencers to Share Your Stuff (Tim Ferriss)

Productivity tip of the week:

The Seinfeld Strategy

You may have heard of this one. When Jerry Seinfeld was asked by a young comedian for the #1 tip to become a successful comedian, Seinfeld told him to write one joke every single day. Then, draw a big “X” on that day on a calendar and make sure the comedian did that every single day.

It’s a powerful strategy because it makes “become a successful comedian” much more tangible – write one joke every single day. It also reduces the potential of procrastination because one joke is much more attainable than “success” or the “best standup set ever”, for example. If you have a goal that’s going to take some time to realize, consider adopting the Seinfeld Strategy, it might help you take the small steps necessary to achieve a big goal.

Check out The Hustle Calendar for the calendar I use to track my progress.

Product/service I’m loving:

The Hustle Calendar

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The Hustle Calendar (CDN $28.99) is probably one of my favourite tools that I use to help me stay accountable and keep on track with my goals. It gives you an all-in-one view of all the days in the year which allows you to keep track of daily progress you make towards a certain goal. For me, this year, it’s spending 15 minutes everyday on this blog (that’s my real calendar above). It’s a great tool to be able to notice trends on certain days when I don’t get around to completing my goal (see the days without the “X”s) and be proud of the streaks I’ve been able to put together so far.

If you’ve got a goal this year to achieve and you’re willing to put together a small amount of attention to it everyday, pickup this calendar. It’ll be pretty inspiring how much you’ll be able to achieve over a month, quarter, and a year. It’s also really difficult to break a streak when you’ve got a good one going!

A quote that’s inspiring me:

A good man will not waste himself upon mean and discreditable work or be busy merely for the sake of being busy. Neither will he, as you imagine, become so involved in ambitious schemes that he will have continually to endure their ebb and flow.

– Seneca

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