Hello friends, happy end-of-summer supermoon! Jenny Scissorhands here—my task this week is cutting 5,000 more words from the PIVOT manuscript to get it under 70,000 words, which would clock in the final hardcover at under 300 pages. Too many pages and the book becomes more expensive and a bit more intimidating. Alas, time to "kill my darlings" as they say in publishing!
August marks our final rounds of editorial edits, then in September the manuscript will go to the copywriting team. The manuscript is now looking like it will be finito by end of October! It has been a lot of work, but in the best way—I am really proud of how the content is shaping up, and I can wait for you to see it!! Seven months until it hits shelves—you know, right around the corner. ;)
BEHIND THE BUSINESS
September will be a big launch month at JBE: I am re-opening doors to Momentum—a private community for solopreneurs and side-hustlers—one more time this year, and I will be doing a live 5-day Systems Ninja course via Google Hangout in parallel.
The Systems Ninja 101 Course will be free if you sign-up for Momentum ($97/quarter for access to all my courses and private office hours calls with me), $129 if you just want to take it a la carte and sign-up in the next two weeks (before September 4), and $179 after that.
I look forward to seeing you at one or both! Now, onto the digital digest for this month's cawfee-tawking . . . boring chit chat at Labor Day barbecues be gone!
- Make the most of your mornings with New York Magazine's The Everything Guide to the Early Morning
- Hat tip to Inna, my most fashionable friend, for this spot-on guide from Into-Mind on Wardrobe Diagnostics: Why You Don't Have Anything to Wear
- Cal Newport breaks down why you should step away from your inbox on The E-mail Productivity Curve
- Julie Clow wrote two fantastic posts on energy management with Modern-Day Survival Mode: What to do When You Barely Have Time to Breathe and How You Should Be Spending Your Time Right Now
- James Altucher challenges us all to go for quantity, not quality, in The Magic of Idea Math
- Fascinating! Live Science on how Social Wasps Share Brainpower:
"Perhaps social wasps make up for these smaller "higher thinking" areas by working together and sharing brainpower, the researchers said. They call the new finding the "distributed cognition hypothesis," which assumes that group members can rely on social communication, instead of individual cognition, to survive."
- The Everywhereist had me laughing out loud with I Went Paleo and Now I Hate Everything (h/t Elisa)
- Actually enjoying gluten-free eating? Here's Paleo Magazine's list of The Best Paleo Snacks of 2014 and Food Babe's Raw Coconut Macaroons
- Very interesting breakdown on Avocado growing, demand, and pricing: Have You Eaten Your Last Avocado?
- NPR on Dynamic Duos: How to Get More Nutrition by Pairing Foods
- Sensei Ando's Car Workout for Martial Arts and 3 Martial Arts Moves You Can Do Everyday
- YES!! My thoughts exactly!! Rockstar Finance: My Body is the Most Expensive Thing I Own
- Get strolling! The New York Times on why walk-and-talks are great for you: The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk:
"A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work. On the afternoons after a lunchtime stroll, walkers said they felt considerably more enthusiastic, less tense, and generally more relaxed and able to cope than on afternoons when they hadn’t walked and even compared with their own moods from a morning before a walk."
- Some great tidbits in David Letterman's Reflection on 33 Years in Late-Night Television
- You knew this was coming . . . Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence
- Rashida Jones on The Joy of Work
- Love me some Sarah Von Bargen: A Kinder, Smarter, Better Way to Think About Blogging and How to Write 2,732 Blog Posts Without Losing Your Damn Mind
- Chris Messina on being a swiss army knife at work: The Full-Stack Employee
- Zapier shares insights on How to Find, Hire and Work with Freelance Writers
- Hybrids and the Slash Generation: John Maeda Breaks the Funk
- You know I love cool tips n' tricks! Here are 12 Advanced Dropbox Features that You Should Start Using, 6 Ways Evernote Embraces Handwriting, Plan Publish and Promote Content with Evernote + Coschedule
- Marisol and I are OBSESSED with Slack: Here are The Best Tools for Slack and how they created their initial brand strategy: Slack's $2.8 Billion Dollar Secret Sauce:
"When you hear people talk about Slack they often say it’s “fun”. Using it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like slacking off, even when you’re using it to get stuff done. But when you look under the hood, it’s almost identical to every other chat app. You can create a room, add people, share files, and chat as a group or direct message one another. So, what makes Slack different? Three key things: It looks different, if feels different, and it sounds different."
Just for Fun
Can I get a collective AWWWWW?! Check out this gif on cute puppies swimming for the first time.