Weekly Learnings Roundup (May 8, 2016)

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!

Weekly Learnings Roundup (Apr 17, 2016)

Weekly Learnings Roundup (Apr 17, 2016)

Hey there!

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 I’m including more content from Tim Ferriss’s blog. Specifically it’s worth checking out the“Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me). I love his 8-step morning ritual. In particular, we should all be asking ourselves these two questions as we look at our daily to-do list:

“If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”

“Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”

I find the first question extremely powerful. In fact, I use a tool called Momentum to set my ONE goal for the day. When I reflect on my day, being able to cross that goal out makes it feel like a successful day for me. You can see more on how I use Momentum as I’ve blogged about it in the past.

Enjoy this week’s tips and links! Drop me a note at the end if there was anything that stuck out for you. Have a great week.

Favourite links from the week:

“Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) (Tim Ferriss)

Why Millennials Would Take a $7,600 Pay Cut For a New Job (Fortune)

How I Built a #1-Ranked Podcast With 60M+ Downloads (Tim Ferriss)

Productivity tip of the week:

Optimize-Automate-Outsource

It’s been almost a year since I read the book Less Doing More Living by Ari Meisel. Last May, I also had the pleasure of attending his conference in New York City and learned a lot about the keys to personal and professional productivity. One of the key ideas behind Ari’s methodology is to optimize, automate, and outsource what you’re doing. What this essentially means is that for any routine or task you repeatedly need to complete you start by trying to optimize how efficiently you try to get it done, automate it if you have the necessary tools, and outsource it if you just need someone else to take care of it.

Let’s take running errands for household goods for it. Optimizing it might mean creating a standard shopping list you review at the end of every month – toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, baby wipes, etc. Automating it might mean that you set a reminder in a tool like Evernote to have the note pop up automatically at the end of the month or using IFTTT to send you an email with the list. Finally, outsourcing might mean using a service like Amazon Subscribe and Save to have Amazon do it all for you.

The key here is that you develop a process for the task. That’s why starting with optimize is so important. By figuring out ways to optimize the task first, you develop a better understanding of what the process looks like. From there, you can decide whether to automate it or outsource it – depending on what the task looks like. Note that you don’t need to automate or outsource every single task. Maybe optimizing the task is way more than enough. Stick to this process and you’ll find yourself doing less and living more.

 

Books, documentaries, or podcasts I’m enjoying:

The Wealthy Barber Returns by Dave Chilton

For those in Canada, it’s tax season and a good time to reflect on your personal finance strategy. I feel like I have a good handle of my personal finances but it’s always good to get further perspective by reading a book. I’d heard a lot about The Wealthy Barber so I picked up the sequel to the book. (I must admit that I haven’t read the original The Wealthy Barber.)

I love personal finance books in general and this one was great. Yes, it advocates better savings habits; yes, it advocates the “pay-yourself-first methodology”; yes, it advocates a low-cost diversified portfolio. In essence nothing I haven’t heard before. But just reading the book reminded me of the importance of leveraging time (i.e. compounding) as my biggest asset. It’s a fun, fast read that has pushed me to double the amount I’m saving. If you live in Canada, this is a great pickup since the content is highly focused on the savings and investment vehicle available here. You’d probably want to start with some base understanding of personal finance first though. For that, I recommend the book Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam.

A quote that’s inspiring me:

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” —Fred Rogers

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