Every week, I come across insightful posts about behavior change that affect health, wealth, and productivity.
At the end of the week (on Fridays), I share ten of the best posts at the intersection of personal development, psychology, technology, and productivity with my Postanly Weekly newsletter subscribers.
I handpick some of the best long reads across the web that are almost as good as reading a book. Shorter than a book but equally valuable.
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Learning comes down to two things: repetition, and connecting new information to existing knowledge. The ultimate aim of learning is to apply what you learn when it matters. Information is easy to access when there are many strong pathways to that information.
That means you need to think about something often enough to build strong connections to it in your brain.
Diversity of thought makes us stronger, not weaker. Without diversity, we die off as a species. We can no longer adapt to changes in the environment. We need each other to survive. Diversity is how we survive as a species. This is a quantifiable fact easily observed in the biological world.
What would you say is your greatest productivity tool? Most professionals or entrepreneurs would probably cite an app — a project management platform, a time tracking tool, or some other tech gadget designed to help you get more done in a day. However, there may be something better to increase both your efficiency and your total level of production…
Even if you’re not facing financial scarcity, you probably still experience an absence of slack in the form of time. And here the same applies: when you’re too busy, the mental experience of busyness impairs your ability to manage your time wisely, so you procrastinate more, or take on too many commitments, leaving you busier still.
The eight-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach. The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor.
Your ambitions should be tuned to creating the kind of life that you want. Not the life that other people want for you. Widening the scope of what things you could orient your life around may free you from some of the frustration you experience when you can’t bring yourself to strive after the things other people push upon you.
What if you could take a pill that improved your productivity at work? And what if the pill were free? Oh, and it made you feel really good? And improve your overall health? No such pill exists, but science suggests an alternative does: sleep. Mounting evidence suggests that a good night’s sleep seriously boosts productivity.
The Stoics understood that time is our greatest asset. Unlike any of our material possessions, once lost, time can never be regained. We must, therefore, strive to waste as little of it as possible. Those who squander this scarce resource on minutia or entertainment will find that they have nothing to show for it in the end. The habit of procrastination and putting things off will come back to haunt us.
You know the feeling. You’re talking to someone, and you can tell from their body language and distant look in their eye that the person is not really listening to you. You realize they’re more interested in an audience than a conversation, so they’re simply waiting for you to stop talking so that they can talk.
Ernest Hemingway prized sleep for good reason. Not one to dwell on rest and recuperation, the novelist saw snoozing as a form of damage limitation. “I love sleep,” he once said. “My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake.” The author’s observation may be truer than he imagined.
Until Next Week,
Thomas, Curator at Postanly
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