Ask and you shall receive! After I wrote about my Evernote system for managing a recurring to-do list, a few friends chimed in with more sophisticated solutions, which I would be remiss not to share!
- Elysa uses Wunderlist: "You can create a recurring task that has sub-tasks and all those sub-tasks will repeat under the umbrella."
- Sarah uses Things: "It's expensive ($50) but there's a 30-day trial. I got a tutorial and it's brilliant. Lets you tag things with time increments, priority increments, place them in projects and areas of work, set deadlines, AND create recurring to-dos"
- Kuty is an Asana master: "I use asana and it allows you to have a task that has subtasks. And you can copy that entire structure each time you want to have it 'recur'. I think Asana's shines when you have a team you want to collaborative with on a todo list."
- Alexis uses FLOW: "Lets me assign to myself AND my team), and it allows for recurring tasks."
- ChaChanna and Cat use Todoist: "Todoist works for me because I can break stuff down by day and it syncs across all platforms."
Now without further ado, fodder for your weekend coffee talk!
- Don't drown out your gut just because it doesn't speak in numbers or concrete facts. Jonathan Fields' on why Intuition is Data too.
- Having a tough time with something? 5 Questions to Ask Next Time You Doubt Yourself
- The always insightful Jerry Seinfeld on How to Be Funny Without Sex and Swearing
- Sally Hope hit a home run with Trying to "Get Rid of Your Fear" is Stupid and I don't fit into your box. And I don't want to. (I can so relate to that feeling of being a walking contradiction)
- Grandma's got it going on! New research shows that Brains of Elderly Slow Because They Know So Much
- Fast Company on 4 Things We Got Wrong About Creativity. Favorite line: "Geniuses produce a lot of crap before they get to the good stuff."
- From Brain Pickings, here's John Updike on Making Money, How to Have a Productive Daily Routine and the Most Important Things For Aspiring Writers to Know:
"I have no reason not to go to my desk after breakfast and work there until lunch, so I work three or four hours in the morning. And it’s not all covering blank paper with beautiful phrases…
I begin by answering a letter or two — there’s a lot of junk in your life as a writer, most people have junk in their lives — but I try to give about three hours to the project at hand and to move it along.
There’s a danger if you don’t move it steadily that you kind of forget what it’s about, so you must keep in touch with it. . . . I’ve been maintaining this schedule since … 1957."
—John Updike, BrainPickings.org
- After weeks of disrupted sleep, I finally closed my blinds to avoid "nighttime light pollution" thanks to this article and it worked wonders! How to Hack Your Sleep: The Art and Science of Sleeping (h/t Adam)
- Lifehacker on How to Harness Your Brain's Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation
- Great post from Consumerist on 17 Supermarket Tricks, Tips And Insider Secrets You’re Probably Clueless About. An excerpt of the last two:
"16. You aren’t that apple’s first customer: Shoppers are constantly picking up produce, dropping it, and putting it back, explains another former grocery worker, so beware. “I’ve seen kids take a bite and put the item back. It took me a long time to start eating fresh fruits and vegetables again after working in a store,” she says.
17. The carts never get cleaned: Babies will do their business on carts, chicken juice will leak and who knows if anyone cleaned up after that? If you’re worried about germs, give carts a quick swipe with sanitizing wipes."
- This was fascinating and very insightful: 51 Startup Failure Post-Mortems
- Profit Shmofit! Really interesting article on How Jeff Bezos Gets Investors to Believe in Him despite a "virtually non-existent profit-margin"
- Laura Sims is doing a great blog series on entrepreneurship, starting with The Path of the Entrepreneur
- Tara Gentile is gearing up to teach a 3-day Creative LIVE course, streaming free during the session: Value Pricing & Business Models for Creative Entrepreneurs
- A cool twist on the round-up post: Fizzle offers short 5-minute audio snippets from 13 Successful Founders [who] Share Product Stories (including yours truly!)
- Re-he-he-heaaaly . . . Email's About to Die, Argues Facebook Co- Founder. Do you agree? Can't say I would complain . . . though it depends what email would be replaced with.
"He aims to persuade the world that it too has reached “peak email,” that the decades-old medium has entered its final, fatal decline. For many of us, email is so tightly integrated into how we manage our lives that abandoning it seems about as likely as giving up the written word itself. Moskovitz wants to show us we’re wrong, that we’ve maxed out on email as a useful tool and that it’s simply dragging us down.
...Releasing people from their dependency on email isn’t just about personal peace of mind. As he tells it, this will — in aggregate — free up the time and mental space needed to move the species forward.
“All the email and meetings, all that work about work, all this soul-sucking effort, is not real work. It’s a distraction,” Rosenstein says. “If we can get rid of that distraction so we can actually get some work done, that just totally opens the doors.”
—Dustin Moskovitz, Email's About to Die
- Ryan Holiday on How and Why to Keep a "Commonplace Book"—using the ancient relic known as PAPER—and why he feels that's important
- An Josh Kaufman unveils his brilliant tips for Keeping a Research Database—the system he used to "store, organize, and review 3,492 posts this year" (!!)
Just for Fun
Oh my . . . NO. This Spider Makes Fake Spiders. But Why?
And a two-year-old in diapers skateboards better than most of us ever will: