πŸ‘“ Stuff #143 - goodnight phone

I'm looking at methods for doing less, but better and ways to spot bad arguments. There is a postal service for dead people, and a poignant web comic about a phone.
Matt 3 min read
πŸ‘“ Stuff #143 - goodnight phone
'Dance first, β€œDance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” - Samuel Beckett

Happy Monday, I hope you're staying well. Β 

I'm back in Dublin after a month in the sun, but looking forward to a week of live music, three gigs in the space of four days, so pray for good weather for me.

Last week, the most clicked link was 'Slow down - it's what your brain has been begging for' - it seemed to resonate with a lot of people, so maybe it's time to take control of your attention.

This week, I have some excellent productivity tips to share, along with Rutherford's first role of productivity. Β  Β 

Thanks for being here on our joint journey of curiosity, and the new subscribers, hey!

Till next Monday...enjoy!

πŸ‘“ The Big Stuff - do less, but better

I try to keep away from pure 'productivity' on this newsletter, preferring to focus on deep work and improving attention, but occasionally I see a good article with video tips to help improve productivity and it's impossible not to share it.

Really, productivity systems are a combination of tools THAT WORK FOR YOU, but they all boil down to Rutherford's first law of productivity:

Pick the most important thing. Do it. Repeat.

Maybe, we should be working on DOING LESS, but better. Β Not getting less done.

One way towards this is ruthless prioritisation, a tried and tested technique of ensuring you are working on what is important.

By controlling our energy and attention for what is important, we'll be ready for the inevitable move to a four-day week.

Monday Motivation: Let this week be the one where you start to ask some dumb questions, and unlock innovation.

🧠 The Other Stuff

Journal Prompt of the week: How has your career path differed from your initial expectations? (Want more? Try here)

🌞 The Little Stuff

Journal Prompts - Career
Finding time for introspection and reflection is a vital tool for growth, here are fifty journal prompts to inspire your career thinking.

🎧 Aural Stuff

On the Stuff Speakers this week...

🎧 Sigur Rós are back for the first time in ten years, with their lovely (almost) ambient, album ÁTTA. Recorded with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the 10-track album covers some well-trodden ground, but it is no-less rewarding for it.

Gentle string-laden tracks, vocals in hopelandic and spells of euphoric rises and drops, back to ambient washes of sound. Β It is a familiar soundscape, but comforting to know that the next ten years of nature documentaries are covered.

Lovely album, recommended.

πŸ’­ Transforming Stress into Strength: Nine Practical Ways to Leverage Stress
Workplace stress is something we all deal with at one point or another. It’s easy to let it drain us, hinder our productivity, and dampen our overall well-being. But what if we could change our perception of stress and use it as a tool to boost our performance at work?

πŸ‘‚πŸΌ Stuff Someone Said

β€œDon’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”

Jose Luis Borges

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