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Stuff #90 - Jelly on a plate

Thinking about a personal digital reset, conscious leadership skills, Desert Island Discs and Edition #2 of the Stuff Mixtape.

Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
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Stuff #90 - Jelly on a plate
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Hi from Spain, I'm Matt...

Welcome to another week of Stuff, I hope this mail finds you well. Thanks to all the new subscribers this week, its great to have you on board!

This week, we have edition #2 of the Stuff Mixtape, with some great news music to keep you company as you read the mail - all the details are below, but if you want to listen and read, here's a shortcut.

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Onward with the Stuff that MattRs this week...
  1. Monday Motivation:   Let this week be the one that you complete a personal digital reset.  Investing a little 'self-care' time in ensuring that your online environment is serving you well, and removing distractions is worthwhile.  One regular action I take is to run a search for 'unsubscribe' in my email inbox. Bonus stuff: This simple digital spring clean checklist will guide you on your reset.
  2. Your new superpower:  Do you want to make better decisions with your team? Some conscious leadership skills will help you.  Here are six examples of conscious leadership skills & principles that can be applied today.
  3. Essential Reading:  We've spoken about it before on Stuff, but the four-day work week is having another moment.  Seventy companies in the UK are trialling giving workers 100% of the wages, for 80% of the hours.  I can see this becoming more common as companies adjust to hybrid working post-pandemic.  A four-day work week will need careful planning, and it won't work for everyone. There is even some thinking about how commuting time should be handled.
  4. Take care: The news cycle is relentless right now - here's how to stay in touch with events, without losing your mind.
  5. TWIL:  The surface area required to power the ENTIRE world by solar power, is relatively small.   You can see how big that solar farm would need to be here.
  6. How are you doing?  We're about halfway through the year, how are your resolutions going?  If you need to reset or start again, you should start by setting the tiniest goals.  Running a marathon starts by touching the treadmill.
  7. Eight records and a book: While I've been here in Spain, I've been catching up with my favourite radio programme: Desert Island Discs.  I spent a very enjoyable dinner recently explaining why this simple radio show is a wonderful listen.   This article explains it better than I ever could, along with some of the history.  I keep my eight records ready to go in case I get the call.
  8. Like like:  This is a clever, and beautifully designed way to navigate Twitter, like wandering through a forest of tweets.  You click on something you recently liked, and the page connects you to some other things that person has liked, and so on - you can soon be lost.  An interesting starting point may be to connect to your author.
  9. How long is ten seconds?  In my case it's 9.898 seconds, can you get closer than me?
  10. Finally:  Jelly on a plate, jelly on a plate, wibble-wobble, wibble-wobble, jelly on a plate.  Just me then?
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My aural stuff for you this week is the second edition of the Stuff Mixtape. I've put together another hour of eclectic tunes that are in and around my orbit right now. This month we have some classic jazz, some up-to-the minute summery rap and some eerie electronics.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did putting it together.

Listen to Stuff Mixtape #2 on Spotify here.

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