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πŸ‘“ Stuff #162 - the first emoji!

I look at how a shutdown ritual can help reduce stress at work, as well as techniques for overcoming imposter syndrome and improving procrastination. I also look at the Internet Museum and iron curtain Punk!
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πŸ‘“ Stuff #162 - the first emoji!

Hey, Matt here.

Welcome to a new week AND to the new readers since last issue. A reminder that you can find me on the web and on Threads.

Thanks for joining me - now, onto the good stuff!

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Monday Motivation.  Let this week be the one where you introduce a work shutdown ritual.   By implementing a simple routine to finish work, you can drastically reduce stress.   This is such beautifully elegant solution. (Cal Newport)

Imposter Syndrome.  How to thrive when you feel like an imposter.  I like these very practical steps especially the idea of using your core values to help you see past imposterism. 

Time Management.  For a plan to go as smoothly as possible, be prepared to pounce on opportunity.  Use these tips to improve your business timing.  See also last weeks suggestion about the five minute to-do list. 

Prioritisation.  Time for a quick reminder on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritise your tasks. This 7 minute video will help you. 

Life Lessons.  Seventeen excellent life lessons from The Marginalian.   One for each year of the blog. 

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Journal Prompt: Write about a teacher or mentor who has impacted your life (More prompts here)

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Photo by Kristine Wook / Unsplash

Health.  Winter is approaching, n the Northern Hemisphere at least.  Here are some helpful ways to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease. 

Friends.   What can you do about that friend that always bails on the plans you make?  Here’s some advice on how to handle them. 

Social Media.  How to tell fact from fiction on social media during times of conflict.   A useful guide to seeking out the truth in a realm of deception. (Bellingcat)

Punk.  Fascinating Instagram account, photos of Punk from behind the iron curtain. 

MuseumArtifacts from the internet, including the first spam email, the first emoji and the very first MP3 file.   

Finally.   Second longest word wins.  Quite simple, play against an internet random.  

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A reminder that every day I add to my mammoth 2023 highs playlist. The list is now well over 300 tracks long, everyone a banger!

πŸ”ˆ Stuff to Listen to...

Galen & Paul announce debut album 'Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day?' -  Rolling Stone UK

🎧 This week, my aural treat is the new album by Galen and Paul, a collboration between Paul Simonon of the Clash and Galen Ayers.

The story seems to be that Simonon was in Mallorca during lock down, and began writing tunes with Ayers as well as busking in Palma. The collected output comes together on the album 'Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day?'

I really like the sounds of these duets, a sort of world-weary look at the surroundings and making some simple songs. There is some gentle lampooning of the Brits on the Costa Del... and a great song about gentrification called Lonely Town.

It's really simple, and a lot of fun - and highly recommend this one.

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The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.
Robert M. Pirsig
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