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Stuff #69 - Doodles, Loops, Uranium + a gift

Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
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Stuff #69 - Doodles, Loops, Uranium + a gift

Happy Monday and welcome to a new week - all the usual stuff this week AND a free gift! As always, I hope you’re safe and well.

Oh, and Happy MLK Day to my US subscribers - enjoy your day!

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Onwards with the Stuff that MattR’s this week…

  1. Monday Motivation : If you are already struggling with New Year Resolutions or 2022 goals, now is the time to build some habits to support. I mentioned Atomic Habits by James Clear last week, but here’s how to ‘stack’ habits to help you achieve your goals. My free habit tracker is a great way to get started.
  2. Add to your toolbox : Seven mental models to help you solve problems at work, or at home. Bonus : Here are some useful critical thinking tools.
  3. This meeting… : Googles guide to running the perfect meeting has some great ideas. My lightbulb moment for running any meeting came at LinkedIn, where I saw a common slide titled ‘This Meeting will be a success if…’ - it’s a powerful way to get things set up for people to do great work together.
  4. A THIRD! People apparently spend a third of their time staring at their phones. Maybe it’s time to start that digital detox.
  5. TWIL :  The number of people born in Antartica (11), is fewer than the number of people who have walked on the moon (12).
  6. Julius Caesar looked like Bear Grylls : Hidreley Diao uses AI to create realistic photographs of historical figures. The Instagram feed is well worth following for even more. Check out Moe from The Simpsons.
  7. Ten grams of uranium please : Luciteria can sell you 80 of the 92 of the naturally occurring elements in the periodic table. They can even sell you a nice display case for your collection!
  8. I’m a doodler : Most of my pads end up with pages of random boxes, arrows and grids that get drawn when my mind idles. Now you can do that online with this handy tool.
  9. Let’s settle this : Every big debate of the modern age has been decided on one page, you can add your opinion. I’m happy to say I was on the right side of most of these.
  10. Finally : Looptap - a simple thing that kept me amused for some time. See if you can beat my score (112).

My aural gift for you this week is a lovely album I should have spotted earlier after two lovely friends of mine talked about in our ‘grown-up’ music WhatsApp group. Haiku Salut are an electronic group from Derbyshire in the UK, and their recent album ‘The Hill, The Light, The Ghost’ is a beautiful collection of dreamy electronica. I highly recommend this.

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