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๐Ÿ‘“ Stuff #150 - bean bean bean

I'm thinking about surviving reorganisations, habits that could extend your life and ways to manage focus. I'm also looking at free food fridges, fractal time and a bean related quiz.
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๐Ÿ‘“ Stuff #150 - bean bean bean

Stuff is 150 editions old, nearly three years since I started this newsletter to stay in contact with a small group of people after I lost my job. ย It has been a fun and rewarding journey - thank you for being here.

Last week, the most clicked link was about procrastination, I'm hoping that no-one used the newsletter to delay that things they were putting off!

This week, I'm thinking about change management, and how to survive big changes at work - and I have the usual round-up of links from across the vast interwebs.

Thank you all for being here on our joint journey of curiosity.

Till next Monday, enjoy...


๐Ÿ‘“ The Big Stuff - times are changing

I'm being reorganised.

Sometime over the next weeks, I'm going to hear news about some changes to my organisation at work. ย It can be an unsettling process, but its a common process especially as organisations change for the future.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to prepare for organisational change, and some excellent guidance on what you can do and say after a tough reorg. ย  These ten tips on surviving a reorganisation are super useful - #3 and #4 are especially important.

My biggest learning from all the reorgs I have survived (100%!) ย is to focus on the facts. Nearly all of the anxiety I have experienced has been from unknowns, or rumours.

The rumor mill can be alarming, so stick with facts and donโ€™t let yourself become anxious about things that arenโ€™t real.

If you are involved in driving the reorg process, there is some excellent guidance available. ย This guide to organisational change management is a great jump off point, for all types of change. ย 

My key advice is to 10x your communication during times of change to avoid the rumours, ย and then invest time creating a clear vision for the change.

Finally, if you really want to learn how NOT to manage change in an organisation, I think this timeline is a good guide to a poorly managed change.

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Monday Motivation: Let this week be the one where you improve your memory. This 2 step method helps you memorize absolutely anything. 

๐Ÿง  The Other Stuff

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Journal Prompt of the week: What's something you've recently learned that you wish you knew earlier? (Want more? Try here)

๐ŸŒž The Little Stuff

๐Ÿ’ค Sleep Hygiene: The Secret to Restful Nights and Energized Days
Sleep is essential, and without it, we may feel like zombies trudging through life. Unfortunately, quality sleep can often be elusive, as hectic schedules, screen-time, and stress take a toll on our rest.

๐ŸŽง Aural Stuff

On the Stuff Speakers this week...

๐ŸŽง My audio treat this week is a compilation album of seven inch singles previously released on Batov records and selected by the label owner - DJ Kobayashi.

The compilation opens with the desert funk sound of "Badawee" by the iconic producer and multi-instrumentalist, Kutiman, followed by the instrumental edit of "Ya Raiyat" by Tel Aviv digging pioneers Radio Trip. Other highlights include the deranged & spooky synths of โ€œThe Egyptianโ€ by Baharat, a prime example of the label's core sound, the psychedelic Middle Eastern groove bomb "Deli Deli" by ลžatellites, and โ€œNasnusaโ€, Sababa 5โ€™s acclaimed collaboration with Japanese vocalist Yurika Hanashima.

I love the varied and eclectic sound of this album, it is highly recommended.

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A reminder that every day I add to my mammoth 2023 highs playlist. I'm at well over 200 tracks now, everyone a banger!
Journal Prompts - Happiness
Finding time for introspection and reflection is a vital tool for growth, here are fifty journal prompts to help you find and cultivate happiness

๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿผ Stuff Someone Said

"Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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