Watch out, I'm on a roll! Time for Coffee Talk #2 - we'll see how long this frequency lasts :)
First, a mini-vent on the Gmail Promotions Tab Panic . . .
Has anyone else gotten 10,000 emails about the Promotions tab and why you should "drag my emails into the Primary folder"?! I even got one from the Shambhala Meditation Institute! I get it — savvy internet marketers (an icky term but the best fit for now) want to make sure you don't miss their best stuff. But you know what? After the first FIVE of those emails came in, I got the point: be aware of the new system, and learn how to re-organize if you so choose.
DJ Waldow wrote a great post for Entrepreneur about how to look at the backend metrics in No, Gmail's Promotions Tab Didn't Just Kill Email Marketing. My favorite line: "Don't panic. Take a deep breath. Chug some water. Walk around the block." Haha, my thoughts exactly.
This is where I get really stubborn about not blindly following what everyone else is doing online. Am I crazy if I tell you I LIKE the idea of this new tab?! I don't love the label they chose (as I think Promotions is a bit narrow) but I appreciate the broader purpose.
After all, isn't this blog post (or my email newsletter) some form of promotion? I am not your mom, your dad, your grandma, or your best friend. In all likelihood, I'm still working my way up your digital trust foodchain.
On that note, I trust *YOU* to put my emails wherever they annoy you least! If they are not interesting enough to read and you'd rather filter them out of sight forever or unsubscribe, feel free! The people who I want reading are the ones who will find my stuff and enjoy it no matter what tab it gets sent to.
WHEW! End rant. I'd love to hear what you think in the comments about all this commotion. Now onward to our weekend round-up!
- The Atlantic on why Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness: "People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity."
- On that note, money really can make you happier IF you go for experiences, not commodities (don't we all intuitively sense this?) New Republic: What You Can Learn from the New Science of Smarter Spending. "Experiences can have a much bigger impact on people’s happiness than things, and a big part of that happiness lies in looking forward to the experience that you are going to have."
- So, get outta dodge! Try these tips from Nomadic Matt on Tim Ferriss' blog: How to Travel to Exotic, Expensive Cities on $50 a Day (Paris, New York and Hong Kong)
- Here's a short-and-sweet article on the basics of meditation, from HuffPo: The One Ritual Your Morning is Missing
- I heart all things Alexandra Franzen. This week she shared Terrified Of Missing Out? (Me, Too.) 31 Mantras For Me – And You! and for writers, 88 inspiring fill-in-the-blanks to help you brainstorm a new blog post (!!) — if you have a chance to attend one of her often sold-out workshops, jump on it! I did one in April and it was a game-changer.
- Going through a sh*t storm? Lisa Danylchuk shares 7 great tips for how to survive it
- Screw up? That's okay. Here's Darling Magazine on The Meaning in Making Mistakes
- Let's reframe mistakes altogether, especially when it comes to relationships. Justine Musk nailed it with how to fail at your relationships ( + the art of the beautiful mistake)
- There's good news and bad news in NYT Well Blog's The Health Tradeoffs of Entrepreneurship: "Entrepreneurs tend to eat more healthful foods and exercise more than other workers. But they also have more stress and are less likely to have health insurance."
- Yet another reason to get moving: How Exercise Can Help Us Learn. And to get enough sleep: How Sleep Loss Adds to Weight Gain (Yes, I am obsessed with the NYT Well Blog)
- Pop quiz! Right now, are you hunched over reading this? If so, here are 12 Yoga Poses to Undo the Damage of Your Desk Job
- More motivated in a class setting? Me too. Lululemon just launched an app called Om Finder that helps you find yoga classes in your area, right down to the minute.
- DAMN. Gala Darling shares 10 Reasons to Put Down Your Morning Coffee on some of the downsides of this delicious drug. Great food for thought...err, drink.
- How to Get 8% Body Fat . . . And Stay There (thank you Adam for sending!) — even if you're not trying to get shredded, read this post for the hilarious writing alone! An excerpt:
"SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Grain eating may be hazardous to your health—dangerous to you and others around you, and will likely result in a slow, agonizing death—and there is loose evidence to suggest that that is not the worst, but that when you wake up on the other side, Satan himself will take you by the hand and personally escort you to the farthest back corner of hell."
HAH! Love a writer that doesn't take himself too seriously.
- From Bloomberg Business Week: Breaking Bad's Management Lessons It's back, baby!
- I'm absolutely convinced that Jonathan Fields is a mind-reader. LOVE his latest post on how to discern the different feelings swirling around indecision or uncertainty: Is This The Fire That Steels Or The Fire That Burns?
- The New York Times asks, What's an hour of your time worth?
- And are you making the most of that hour? Drake Baer for Fast Company talks about Why Productive People Stick to their Strike Zone (to make better decisions, know where you make bad ones)
- Charlie Gilkey discusses two approaches to new ideas in Whether We Go Big Or Deep First Depends On Our Archetype
- More on the power of storytelling: This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years
- From Cal Newport: Woody Allen and the Art of Value Productivity (Hint: don't "break the chain" of a work session, focus on high return activities, and "be bold in conception, but pragmatic in execution")
- Copyblogger: 3 Ways to Get What You Want by Giving People What They Want
- Nick Reese on getting Unstuck: How to Break Through Business Barriers with a Simple Marketing System
- A great post from Jen Gresham on Simple Career Planning (Even If You Don’t Know What You Want To Do With Your Life)
- If you're new to business finance, be sure to check out Jeff Unger's new site Startup CPA for very helpful overview articles
- On behalf of all book worms, New York Magazine sheds Tears for Goliath: The book world gets misty-eyed for Barnes & Noble
- Check out these amazing bookmarks from Brit.co -- which ones your favorite? I love the zipper, wicked witch, and liquid bookmarks - so fun.
- Actionable Books Summary on The Power of Starting Something Stupid. YES! Let's all start something stupid this week — way less pressure than trying to start something genius right out of the gate :)
Just for Fun
With 43 million views and counting, I might be the only one who hasn't seen this, but DAMN! Girl's got talent — ten year old England native Sophia Grace Brownlee channels Nicky Minaj (don't miss the chorus at 0:45). Thanks to a feature on Ellen, she also recently landed a major movie role.
Last but not least: I'm so obsessed with this song I had to share it here . . . give it a listen and just see if it doesn't start your weekend off on the right foot! Jubel (by Klingade):