Stuff #83 - Goodbye Mr Blue

This week we look at Work-Life Balance vs Work-Life Integration, how to improve your writing and self-care street art that could improve your life.
Matt 2 min read
Stuff #83 - Goodbye Mr Blue
Hi from Dublin, I'm Matt...

Welcome to a new week, I hope Stuff finds you well this week. I want to welcome the influx of new subscribers I have this week, its great to have you all here.

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Onward with the Stuff that MattRs this week...

  1. Monday Motivation:  Let this be the week that you clearly understand the difference between Work-Life Balance, and Work-Life Integration and which holds the most benefit. A clue - it's both.  This is important, because data shows we are building a triple-peak day, a pattern that is replacing the typical 9-5 day.
  2. Your new superpower: I've talked about deep work before, and the idea of finding flow - this article shares the four steps of becoming indistractable.  This is especially for you if you've checked your phone whilst reading this email.
  3. Essential Reading: This excellent PDF presentation will give you practical tips on how to write more clearly, think more clearly and learn complex material more easily. Highly recommended read.
  4. Take care: 36 ways that you can live differently and improve your life.  Numbers #5, #24 and #31 are valuable ideas that are worth thinking about.  Number #6 is something I have begun to learn, and it has really helped me.
  5. TWIL:  Whilst reading about the Queen Elizabeth II's birthday this week, I learned that she has a person responsible for breaking in her shoes.  
  6. Self-care with wall: Self-care messages and affirmations, in a street art style. An Instagram feed that will enhance your life.   Bonus idea - Try sharing these with the people you love.
  7. Stop droning on: Enjoy this extraordinary video of a drone trip through a Tesla Factory in Berin.  Just three minutes, but so much to see!
  8. Why we dream: A beautiful 5-minute TED Talk that tries to help us understand why we dream.   I welcome my dreams, the only come when I am truly rested.
  9. Lennon to Bowie via The Carpenters:  A brilliant list of twenty of the best cover albums ever made, there are some absolute BELTERS in here.  Including a few that I hadn't heard before.
  10. Finally: I thought I might be finished with new daily puzzles, and then QuizWitzle comes along.  Five quiz questions per day, with linked answers that you have to guess.   I really like this one.

My aural stuff for you this week is an album I missed completely, but HOLY SH*T, it's amazing, and I urge you to give it a go!

Chloë and the Next 20th Century by Father John Misty is a superb collection of americana, with touches of easy-listening and alt-country. Joshua Tillman who records as Father John Misty has an articulate and funny approach to lyrics, and this latest albumb by him is 100% worth your time.

Listen to Father John Misty - Chloë and the Next 20th Century on Spotify here.

Stuff that someone said:

"...without darkness, nothing comes to birth, as without light, nothing flowers."   May Sarton (wiki)
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