๐Ÿ‘“ Stuff #195 - have a Lilloerdag!

This week is the perfect time to complete a mid-year review of your goals. Find out how FOBO affects your decision making, and discover the 'Lilloerdag'. Explore your chronotype and finally play a game for the music fans.
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๐Ÿ‘“ Stuff #195 - have a Lilloerdag!

Welcome to a new week. Before we start, I wonder if you could do me a favour and share this week's edition with a friend and encourage them to join us on our journey of curiosity.

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. Elsewhere, you can find my daily notes here, and Iโ€™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 complete a mid-year review of your goals. This is the perfect week to sit down and reflect on the first half of the year. If you havenโ€™t been working towards something, I also have you covered. 

Decisions. Are you suffering from FOBO?  The affliction of abundance may mean you suffer from the Fear of a Better Option.  This will impact the way that you make decisions. This resonates with me, as someone who spends ages choosing website colour schemes, or tools for a project. 

AI. Five โ€˜a-haโ€™ ways that AI can help solve some of your work problems. Some excellent ideas, along with prompts that you can re-use and edit to make them work for your challenge.  I really like the idea of using AI as thinking partner for a difficult challenge.  I will definitely be testing that. 

Stuck. Hereโ€™s how to make the most of your job. Even if you feel stuck in your current role, there are ways to optimise for a future change. The current market doesnโ€™t have a huge amount of fluidity, so some of the suggestions here are really useful. 

Midweek. I LOVE this. The Lilloerdag is the Swedish idea of a โ€˜little Saturdayโ€™ that occurs midweek. A tiny break to get you through the working week. I play in an online quiz on Wednesday evening which seems to fit the description of a Lilloerdag. 

Productivity. Tips designed by a neuroscientist. All common sense, but great to see the scientific explanations behind.  

Random Journal Prompt: Describe a small victory you had recently. Over 650 more journal prompts here.
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Sleep. I have been wearing an Oura ring to help track and optimise my sleep for six months now, and Iโ€™ve seen some improvements in my sleep patterns.  Subtle changes in the time I go to sleep have reaped huge rewards, something they describe as finding your chronotype.  Now, science tells us that you can also optimise your working schedule based on your chronotype. 

Calm. A simple flowchart of solutions to help you feel calm.  No complicated hacks here, just the solution you need at the right moment. 

Care. Itโ€™s just work. I was coaching someone this week who is struggling with being on the edge of burnout. During the meeting and another chat I had, I thought of this article, it is JUST work.  Try and take good care of yourself. 

MindfulnessTen questions to help check in with yourself. I think weโ€™re all pretty bad at doing this.  #5 and #7 are powerful questions that will increase your sense of wellbeing. 

Notes. This list of 99 life notes is lovely.  Some beautiful thoughts contained here.  

FinallyA daily game for music fans.  Jasbiac shows you three album covers, all you need to do is guess the style of music.  Nowhere near as easy as it sounds! 

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

๐Ÿ”ˆ Stuff to Listen to...

๐ŸŽง This week, I'm sharing #26 in my monthly series of Mixtapes, featuring another batch of random tunes that have been in my orbit.

There is some fantastic music this month, including the sound of young Dublin from pigbaby, some Japanese post-rock wizardry and the continued resurgence of Kim Gordon and her dark, grinding ECPR.

It's a great hour of music - and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed pulling it together.

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