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πŸ‘“ Stuff #184 - The Tetris Effect

25 great ways to be a manager, plus the best way to do a time audit. How the Tetris Effect can help your brain, and a word game to play against Grandma.
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πŸ‘“ Stuff #184 - The Tetris Effect

Welcome to a new week, wherever YOU are.

A big welcome to new readers this week, if you joined me after my feature on "What's in my NOW?", I'm very pleased to meet you!

My goal is to help you get the best out of yourself.

Each week, I seek out great content to support our personal growth. I’ll couple that with some links that I know you’ll find interesting AND a musical recommendation.

Elsewhere, you can find my daily notes here, and I’m posting on Threads as well.

Thanks for joining me - now, onto the list!

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Monday Motivation. Let this week be the one where you do a time audit. I do this a couple of times a year to ensure that I have the correct balance between my work areas, this process is an excellent step-by-step refresher on how to get the best out of an audit.

Management25 ways to be a great manager. My collection of tips from nearly 30 years in management roles. 

Free. Another ten free websites that you should bookmark. No-one should have to pay for tools that will increase your effectiveness. 

Interview. The fifty most common questions asked in interviews. Plus, some excellent ways to answer them. 

Remote. Optimising the remote work environment. A regular reminder that many people are still working from home, and having a setup that helps you be productive is essential. 

AI. In Stuff #182 we saw that AI was the top high income skill to learn in 2024. Here are ten free AI courses that you can take to boost your knowledge, and here are ten more. If you are using AI in your workplace, these 7 questions can help maintain your competitive edge. Elsewhere, I recommend signing up to some newsletters that will keep you informed, The Cognitive Courier is a good starting point.

WTF. Why you need a WTF notebook for work. This is truly an excellent approach to starting a new role.

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Random Journal Prompt: What are some affirmations you use to boost your confidence? Over 550 more journal prompts here.
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Neuroplastic. How the Tetris Effect can rewire your brain and help you solve work/life issues. I can confirm that beginning a gratitude practice has started to rewire my brain, there are other ways The Tetris Effect can help you. 

Sleep. Give up lie-ins and buy a sleep mask. Some actionable advice ranging from free to spendy. I’ve been working on optimising my sleep for about 6 months now, and it has paid dividends in energy, mental health and general wellbeing. I second the recommendation of an Oura Ring. 

IdiomsTwenty great idioms from around the world. β€˜Lid shut, monkey dead’ comes from Germany, it means β€˜end of the story’. I’m using this all the time from now on!

Livestreams. No, really… Live Streams. Streamofstreams captures sounds from underwater microphones and loads them to the cloud. 

SeasonsThis guide to β€˜small seasons’ gave me a lot of joy this week. A simple read, but with poetry in every line. 

FinallyPlay a daily word game against a Grandma. Simple but fun. 

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

πŸ”ˆ Stuff to Listen to...

🎧 This week's aural treat if from American composer and pianist Philip Glass, who has released Solo.

On this contemplative collection, Glass revisits some of his older compositions as a retrospective on his solo work.

From the beautiful 'Opening' from 1982 through Mad Rush from 1979 and Metamorphosis from 1988 - he plays with a more sentimental style than heard previously... moving the music from an experimental nature to a more reflective and gentle sound.

This is beautiful music for relaxation and highly recommended for accompaniment to work.

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