Friday, December 8, 2017. Issue #153
Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You | Farnam Street
Consider the daily schedule of famed novelist Haruki Murakami. When he’s working on a novel, he starts his days at 4 am and writes for five or six continuous hours. Once the writing is done, he spends his afternoons running or swimming, and his evenings, reading or listening to music...
A lot of the time you know what the smart thing to do is. But you’re still worried about how it might turn out. Or regrets about a past decision are making you overthink things. Your brain is telling you all kinds of negative stories about how stuff might go wrong and you end up more focused...
When I moved to Rome from Washington, DC, one sight struck me more than any ancient column or grand basilica: people doing nothing. I’d frequently glimpse old women leaning out of their windows, watching people pass below, or families on their evening strolls, stopping every so often..

You can be the greatest in your industry. You can become an expert. You can become a top writer, a best-selling author, a great programmer, an awesome designer, a successful freelancer, a successful entrepreneur, or an influential person in your niche.

“Wherever life can grow, it will. It will sprout out, and do the best it can,” the poet Gwendolyn Brooks wrote in her abiding ode to perseverance. But in our quest to do the best we can, we are apt to defeat ourselves by pushing against life with the brute force of uncalibrated ambition...

About a year ago I managed to fry my brain and force my body into a complete stand still. After a few months of various doctors and numerous pills that made me worse than I was to begin with, I decided that what my brain and life needed was a complete overhaul. 

My job has two basic parts, and chances are yours does, too: Generating ideas and Implementing them. In my case, as a writer, the challenge is to come up with something to write about in the first place, and then turn that idea into some sort of coherent, engaging piece of content.

In 1974, Ray Dalio founded the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, and it’s now the world’s largest, managing roughly $160 billion. Besides its financial success, Bridgewater has become known for creating a unique culture of radical truth and radical transparency. 

I’ve spent much of the last decade studying (and having) conversations and teaching people how to understand their own exchanges. And I’ve found that exits can be the most awkward of all the moments in an interaction with another person, particularly a stranger.

“Self-improvement” is, counterintuitively, not the ideal aim if you want to live better. System improvement is superior. We like to rely on our own strength. What’s more satisfying than to know that you put in work and got results? Here’s why that’s a big mistake.
A book I’m reading: Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. This book is an empirical argument in favour of more limited working hours and greater understanding of the benefits of active rest as a means of raising creativity and productivity. Written by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, a consultant and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. 
Until Next Week,
Thomas, Curator at Postanly
Thanks for your attention. Have an epic weekend!
Thomas · 17 Saxon Rd · London · England · SE25 5EQ · United Kingdom
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