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Refresh yourself on the Eisenhower Matrix, learn about the cannon your carry and find a new way to get great feedback. Find out the benefits of reading every day and discover what a fartwalk can do for you.
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๐Ÿ‘“ Stuff #182 - urgent or important?

Welcome back, great to see you again!

My goal is to help you get the best out of yourself. Each week, I seek out great content to support our personal growth. Iโ€™ll couple that with some links that I know youโ€™ll find interesting AND a musical recommendation. This week, I'm also sharing my monthly mixtape.

Elsewhere, you can find my daily notes here, and Iโ€™m posting on Threads as well.

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Monday Motivation.  Let this week be the one where you level-up your prioritisation skills, Iโ€™m refreshing us on some of the best methods to improve how you choose what to focus on next.  This time around, Iโ€™m looking at the powerful Eisenhower Matrix, and how you can use it. 

Cannon.  Are you a manager?  If so, you need to know that youโ€™re always carrying a cannon. With power comes responsibility, and your team need to know that they will get lots of warning before the cannon goes off.  Every manager should read this article regularly.  

Talent.  Mentorship, coaching, sponsorship.  Great explanation of how each of these three different development tools work.   The power of mentoring is proven, here are the numbers that support it. 

Feedback. Whatโ€™s the best way to ask for feedback?  Donโ€™t. Daniel Pink explains a much better thing to ask for.  Apologies for the tiktok link, but I couldnโ€™t find this anywhere else. You donโ€™t have to sign up to watch.  I am 100% asking this question at work from now on. 

Thinking. How โ€˜possibility thinkingโ€™ can help you solve almost any life problem.  Some practical questions you can ask yourself to solve any impasse in your personal or professional life. These questions can be really powerful ways to open your mind to possible solutions to the toughest of problems. 

Skills.   The best high-income skills to learn in 2024.  No surprise to see AI high on the list, but where else should you be focusing your time and attention?  You might be surprised at the list.

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Random Journal Prompt: How did I contribute to my personal growth & development this week? Over 550 more journal prompts here.
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Read.  The benefits of reading every day. Actionable advice to support your reading practice, the โ€˜one page a dayโ€™ suggestion really resonates with me.  Iโ€™ve been doing this most days in 2024 and Iโ€™ve been able to get through more books. Bonus: Ness Labs is one of the newsletters that I highly recommend. Sign up here for weekly essays that stretch your mind

Fart.  Maybe what you need at the end of the day is a simple fart-walk.   Good for bloating, good for your GI, good for your relationships?

Grounding.   30 Simple techniques that can help you deal with distressing thoughts.  I was taught that grounding yourself before any public speaking was a way to calm anxiety. You can also use similar techniques to reduce the impact of negative feedback, even if it hurts. The action of lifting your thinking out of your amygdala is an enlightened way of handling the sting of criticism.  I wish I had learned this much earlier in life. 

Lies.  An actual detective shares seven ways to tell if someone is lying to you.  And no, their nose doesnโ€™t grow. 

Hats.  The Hat Historian is hilarious.  Excellent video explainers of where the Fez comes from, and why the British Policemans helmet is shaped the way it isEverything you ever wanted to know about hats.

Generations.  At last, a comprehensive explanation of Generation Nicknames.  Now you can really tell your boomers from your millennials - and every other generation letter!

Finally.  Moviegrid is a real puzzler.  A daily game of guessing movies on a grid with very few clues.   This is really for the cinema experts.

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My mammoth 2024 playlist has fantastic new tunes added every day. You can follow along here.

๐Ÿ”ˆ Stuff to Listen to...

๐ŸŽง This week's aural treat is the latest edition of the Stuff Mixtape - no. 23 in the series!

Featuring disco classics, brand new Americana, crisp London electronica, cool French chill-out, Scottish Indie and wild antipodean rock it is a fantastic collection of the tunes around my ears in March.

I hope you enjoy it...

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