What's shakin' bacon? Shout-out this month to Melani Ward for her kind words about looking forward to these round-ups :) I stealth-launched a (pretty epic) new toolkit this week called Email Exhale, with over 50 of the best tools, hacks, systems and shortcuts that I've collected over the years. This one isn't free, but for $10 (and a money-back guarantee if it doesn't shave at least a few hours off your inbox-tending time per week), I'd say it's a no-brainer!
I was also excited to be quoted in Glamour.com's Monday Morning Refresh: How to Manage Your Out of Control Email Inbox. Here's one of the tips I shared:
"I don't agree that we should strive for inbox zero (where every message has been read/dealt with) every day. The fact is, many of the emails in our inbox do require an action or decision," says career strategist Jenny Blake. "Don't fret over filing everything away instantaneously. I use Gmail's Superstars feature to indicate whether an email requires a decision (question mark) or is high-priority (exclamation mark). I also use colored labels for things like 'to watch' or 'to read' so that I can quickly find them (or archive those) when I have spare time."
And don't forget about the free Speak Like a Pro conference later this month: 25 interviews with thought-leaders on how to calm nerves, practice effectively, build a professional speaking career, and inspire change in a client meeting or on the big stage. Learn more and grab your ticket here!
- On Speaking Like a Pro, actress Jenny Slate explains How to Get Over Stage Fright
- Shane at Farnam Street summarizes Tim Ferriss' 9 Habits You Need to Stop Now
- I love Oliver Burkman's Guardian column—here are two great recent posts: Precrastination and Just Sit Down and Think
- Maria Konnikova on Getting Over Procrastination. "Wanna hear my favorite procrastination joke? I'll tell you later."
- NPR on how Bingeing on Bad News Fuels Daily Stress. This is why I can't stand the fear-mongering sensationalism of TV news!! It used to give me nightmares as a kid. I'm old school: I've been a paper subscriber for over 15 years now, and read the inky-but-glorious NYT and WSJ newspapers religiously on weekends.
- Though I love me a good personality test and am a certified MBTI facilitator, Vox explains why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless (I'm curious: MBTI enthusiasts—what are your thoughts?)
- How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent. While practice is important, it's not everything (not even 10,000 hours). The New York Times shares the latest research:
"Compiling results from 88 studies across a wide range of skills, it estimates that practice time explains about 20 percent to 25 percent of the difference in performance in music, sports and games like chess."
- Seth Godin on why you shouldn't Brace for Impact more than it actually occurs
- LOVED this New York Times directive to Love People, Not Pleasure:
"What do you post to Facebook? Pictures of yourself yelling at your kids, or having a hard time at work? No, you post smiling photos of a hiking trip with friends. You build a fake life — or at least an incomplete one — and share it. Furthermore, you consume almost exclusively the fake lives of your social media 'friends.' Unless you are extraordinarily self-aware, how could it not make you feel worse to spend part of your time pretending to be happier than you are, and the other part of your time seeing how much happier others seem to be than you?"
- One can only take so much self-helping. Danielle LaPorte nailed it with her list of 10 positive consequences of NOT improving yourself
- Oldie but a goodie for life perspective: Wait But Why's Your Life In Weeks
- If you are going through Grief, Try Personal Rituals
- On the subject of daily rituals, Dan Harris Explains How to De-Stress in New York Magazine (hint: download Lucent!):
"I think the idea that mindfulness can short-circuit the habitual, reflexive, and toxic stress response makes intuitive sense. This is a huge reason why practitioners like me put ourselves through the misery of daily meditation (which is the best way to build your mindfulness muscle); it doesn't solve all of your problems, it just gives you a different relationship to them."
—Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier (one of my favorite books of the year)
- Different times of day have different opportunity costs. Fast Company on Why You Should Rethink That Morning Meeting.
- On that note, Science Says You Should Leave Work at 2 p.m. and Go for a Walk
- Take health into your own hands with Cue's $199 lab-in-a-box
- Yikes! Mother Jones reveals 9 Surprising Foods With More Sugar Than a Krispy Kreme
- Mark Sisson on 9 Signs You Need to Eat More Fat
- Throw some greens in the mix too with Greatist's Ultimate Visual Guide to This Summer's Best Produce
- INSANE. I'm so fascinated (and appalled) by much of what's happening in the prescription drug industry: The Speed of Hypocrisy: How America Got Hooked On Legal Meth
- Speaking of mega conglomerates, here's a chart on who makes the food you buy at the grocery store
- Don't overdo it on what you throw in your shopping cart . . . Your Giant American Refrigerator [Might Be] Making You Fat And Poor
- The Salt on Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress
- I heart all things coconut. Food Babe says it's not all good though . . . here's How To Buy The Healthiest Coconut Water And Avoid The Worst
- Freelancers Union gives 8 tips to fall asleep faster and sleep deeper
- Trees?! What are those?! That's what I get for living in a concrete jungle. Here's The Atlantic on The Health Benefits of Trees
- "Better than nothing" counts for more than you think! Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits
- Loooooong read, but interesting smackdown on the Westernization of yoga in The State of Stretching:
"When yogic intelligence is awakened today, it does not necessarily have a clear outlet, and it can easily overwhelm. The journey from the pathologies of our unnatural society to full reorientation toward the eternal light is not as smooth as a drive-thru. As Carl Jung once said, the highly potent breath-based (pranayama) practice of Kundalini yoga could lead you to either the monastery or the mental institution.
So long as the spiritual practice of self-perfection lacks a public sphere to carry it, all such visions of self and society, all revelatory impulses, miscarry into a simulacrum of transformation, and yoga is reduced to a regime of righteous consumption and an accessory of snobbish superiority. Imagine svelte acolytes with mats hung over their shoulders, strutting through the streets of upscale urban neighborhoods in the late morning, stopping for a latte, and scowling at lower forms of life, and you have glimpsed yoga’s social class problem. It’s written all over the glossy magazines and resort packages."
- Thanks to John Muscarello for such a memorable thank you (and shout-out!) in Learn The Secret My Grandma Taught Me On How To Send A Memorable Gift
- Outstanding tips from Eric at Barking Up The Wrong Tree: 10 Networking Tips That Will Make You A Success
- Antonio Neves shares 3 Surprising Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Kanye West
- Thought the First Million Was Tough? The Second Million Could Kill Your Business
- The guys at Tropical MBA question if Getting to Six Figures is Largely about Overcoming Psychological Challenges
- Got dreams of being a millionaire but keep coming up short on ideas? Here—Buzzfeed is giving 'em away: 92 Free Ideas
- WSJ's Wayne Sutton reveals 3 Factors to Stay Emotionally Balanced as a Founder
- Get in the tech know with CNBC's Disruptor 50 List
- I couldn't look this cool if I spent 24/7 trying . . . Racked on What the Women of Vice Wear to Work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Freelancers Union gives 5 tips for transitioning from moonlighting to full-time freelancing
- Want help prepping for a job interview? Here's a collection of 140 Google Interview Questions
- Loved this Lifehacker behind-the-scenes peek: I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work
- A short video on How To Get People To Reply To Your Emails (Hint, hint! If you want help processing what comes in, get your hands on my Email Exhale: Inbox Zero Toolkit!):
- Are you missing the point when skimming online? The New Yorker's Maria Konnikova on how to Be a Better Online Reader
- Ryan Holiday says Reading Isn't A Race: How Speed Reading And Spritz Completely Miss The Point
- Here is James Clear's Simple System [He's] Using to Read 30+ Books Per Year
- Clare Herbert gives 5 tips for every writer with a dream:
"Your life can be your muse. “I don’t know where to start” is a frequent problem for budding writers. I say: start with what you have to say today. Your life is your muse. Every life is interesting. Or answer the question: If I could write about anything, I’d write about _____. Sometimes, I imagine myself addressing a crowd of kind, influential people and ask myself: “What do you want them to know?”
Just for Fun
- Hah! Timesify "turns articles on TMZ, Buzzfeed, and other embarrassing sites into the look of The New York Times, so you don't have to be ashamed. We cloak your love of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in the posture of a concerned citizen."
- Given today's Email Exhale theme, here are 7 Hilarious Email Signatures to Inspire Your Sign-Off.
- This McSweeney parody post had me laughing out loud! Client Feedback On The Creation Of The Earth:
Thanks so much for the latest round of work. Really coming together. Few points of feedback:
1 – Really liking the whole light thing but not totally sure about the naming system. “Day” and “night” are OK but we feel like there’s more we can do here. Thoughts? Definitely need to nail this down ASAP.
2 – Re: the “sky”… not really feeling the color here. Would like something that pops more. Please send additional options.
3 – Appreciate the work on the sea and ground, but right now there’s way too much sea. The ground is getting lost in it. In general, sea does not resonate well with our users. Was talking with the team and the idea of having no sea at all came up. Thoughts?
—Read the other 7 pieces of Client Feedback On The Creation Of The Earth