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πŸ‘“ Stuff #172 -Gumbo or Gazpacho?

Give yourself some time to think, and then figure out how to estimate the length of any project. We look at 24 habits that can make life a little better. I examine the best soups, and a great game for map nerds.
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πŸ‘“ Stuff #172 -Gumbo or Gazpacho?

Hey, Matt here!

Welcome to a new week, and to new readers since last issue. This week's mail comes to you from 35000ft, I'm off to Austin, Texas for a week. I leave you with the latest mixtape which is great accompaniment for this week's mail.

A reminder that you can find me on the web and on Threads AND that I'm writing every day in 2024, you can catch up with my daily notes here.

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

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Oops: Thanks to the readers who let me know I mixed up a link last week, the Ten lists you can write to 10x your life in 2024 are actually here. Sorry about that!

Monday Motivation. Let this week be the one where you give yourself some time to think. This article has some excellent practical advice on giving yourself a chance to break the daily grind and access your best self.

Ambition. Work-Life Balance is now more important than pay when thinking about a job. How ambition is changing in 2024. An excellent survey and report from Randstad.

Deadlines. Overcome your fear of a deadline by using Parkinsons Law to your favour. How to figure out the right amount of time for any project.

Age. This excellent HBR article states the case for hiring older workers into your organisation. The benefits of a more experienced team member far outweigh the percieved risks. (Thanks S for this one)

Fear. The future is a construct of our imaginations, and nothing more than that. Fear is a framing issue. Some great thinking that challenges why we are frightened of things.

Habits. 24 great habits to make life a little better this year. #4 is excellent advice. #15 is advice we have covered before (I have a kickstart for you here)

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Random Journal Prompt: How does your environment (home, work, city, nature, etc.) affect your happiness?
Over 500 journal prompts here

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Photo by Shiromani Kant / Unsplash

Books. The most anticipated books of 2024. What are you looking forward to reading this year, hit reply and let me know, let's see if our list is different to the BBC.

Hobbies. Writing Stuff is my hobby, and it helps my mental health having something that isn't work to focus on. Here's a list of 31 new hobbies that could be yours.

Future. What 300 top thinkers believe the world will look like 10 years from now. It's not all great news.

Soup. Do you know your Caldo Verde from your Yayla Γ§orbasi? Twenty of the best soups in the world.

Recharge. A relaxing chair that recharges your phone, but only while you have your eyes closed.

Birthday. Happy 40th Birthday Macintosh. This site charts every Mac, desktop and portable from the beginning till today. Some terrific design and innovation.

Finally. Unzoomed. This is a clever little game for maps and/or aviation nerds. Identify a city from an aerial shot, the picture zooms out with every miss, and there are extra clues.

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Once again, I'm building a mammoth playlist for the year. You can follow along here, we're already at over an hour of bangers. The 2023 version is still alive.

πŸ”ˆ Stuff to Listen to...

Sunder by Benoit Pioulard/Offthesky on MP3, WAV, FLAC, AIFF & ALAC at Juno  Download

🎧 After last week's fearsome Sprints album, I thought it was time to calm everyone down a little bit.

Benoit Piolard is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist and in a new collaboration with Offthesky has released this beautiful ambient album, 'Sunder'.

This is a windswept, melancholy collection of gentle keyboards and huge reverbs, that feels like it is played and recorded in a gentle soft focus.

I've listened to this a few times this week, and its great music to accompany flow times at work - non intrusive, but comforting.

Recommended album.

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The latest Stuff Mixtape is out, #21 contains some absolute beauts from the likes of Khruangbin | Arab Strap | Sprints | Al Barry | Mick Ronson | Jamie XX | Sierra Farrell | Coffintexts - all available here.
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β€œThe future is already hereβ€”it’s just not evenly distributed.”
William Gibson

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