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Stuff #97 - you're special!

It's time to inject a little activity into your work day, as well as starting to banish distractions. We learn that readers live longer, and as always - we reach for the stars.

Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
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Stuff #97 - you're special!
Dublin - July 2022
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Hi from Dublin, I'm Matt...

It has been an interesting week, full of milestones and memories that have left me exhausted. However, I'm grateful to be able to charge my batteries up writing Stuff, and I have a great crop of things that will make us all smarter this week!

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Onward with the Stuff that MattRs...
  1. Monday Motivation:   Let this week be the one that you inject a little more 'activity' into your daily workload.  You could start by taking a mid-day walk to up your energy, you could even do it as a team.  Heck, you could even start by standing for an hour a day, standing now counts as exercise.
  2. Your new superpower:  It's time to conquer digital noise, and make yourself undistractable. Here are 9 practical tips to banish digital distractions.  Your phone is probably the main cause, I've switched off most of my phone notifications, and it made a huge difference.
  3. The best a person can get:  Learn about razors, not those ones, but the type that help you make the best decisions. Apply razors with care, they get results.
  4. Arrival Fallacy:  Why we need to start decoupling our happiness from our goals. From the always excellent Ness Labs.  
  5. TWIL:  The EU imports about 260 billion euros worth of clothes a year, and yet most of the people that make our clothes, earn poverty wages.  How often do you think about the people that make your clothes?
  6. Grab a book, stick around:  People who read, tend to live longer than those who don't. We've covered plenty of tools for finding new books on Stuff - I like this one.
  7. How do you feel?  The How We Feel project is a free journal to track emotions, created by a nonprofit group of scientists and doctors. You can use it to track & understand your emotions, and then help yourself when you spot trends and patterns in how you are feeling.
  8. I'll need my wide-angle lens: Star photography is incredible, requiring patience, technique and an eye for the dramatic. The 2022 Astronomy Photographer of the year awards has some stellar pictures.
  9. La, La, Laaa :  Rolling Stone have compiled a list of the top 200 dance songs of all time. I don't agree with every one of them, but there are some absolute bangers in here, and the top 10 is 90% perfect.
  10. Finally: Cell Tower is a clever, and infuriating word game that refreshes each day for a new challenge.
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My aural stuff for you this week is from the mighty Orbital. Electronic music pioneers who's career spans 30 years. Luckily, they've marked the milestone with a terrific package of remixes and originals from across their discography., including classics like Chime, Belfast and a personal favourite Halcyon.

Listen to 30 Something by Orbital on Spotify here. 
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Recommended Stuff to make you Smarter

📚 Stop Reading the News is subtitled as a 'manifesto for a happier and calmer life'. Inside are 35 reasons to give up following the daily news cycle. During the pandemic and lockdown, I gave up watching endless news as it was driving anxiety and recently, have slipped back into bad habits. This book was a refresher to keep my news intake very short and crisp to keep my mental health in the right place. Great read.

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"You don’t see the world as it is – you see the world as you are"   The Talmud
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