Friday, June 16, 2017. Issue #128
When you think philosophy, you don't usually think successful business titans, but maybe you should. Around 304 BC, a wealthy and successful merchant named Zeno was shipwrecked on a trading voyage. He lost nearly everything. 
Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to the author Marc J Seifer.  While it’s not entirely clear exactly what that exercise involved,..
Time is the raw material of productivity. Time, not money, is your most valuable asset. Invest your asset carefully. Build a system to protect it. “You can’t let other people set your agenda in life, ” says Warren Buffett. There are 168 hours every week. Let that sink in for a moment.
Everybody would like to get more of the right things done. But how does Stoicism fit into all of this?The word “productivity” seems new and sleek and shiny. And Stoicism is old. Really old. Like older-than-grandpa-old.I have news for you: Facebook and email may be.. 
New York City resident Lux Narayan (TED Talk: What I learned from 2,000 obituaries) jokes that he starts his mornings with scrambled eggs and a side of “let’s see who died today” — otherwise known as the death notices in the New York Times.
Most of us start each year with good intentions. We have a list of things we’re going to start or stop doing. The year feels fresh, and it’s time to be the person that we’ve always wanted to be. At some point in the year the shine wears off and we start to go back to old patterns and behaviors. 
The ‘impossible barber’ is one classic example of a thought experiment – a means of exploring a concept, hypothesis or idea through extensive thought. When finding empirical evidence is impossible, we turn to thought experiments to unspool complex concepts.

For ten years, Lisa Congdon’s days were packed like a “can of sardines.” Juggling between five and 20 projects at any one time, the artist and author, based in Portland, Oregon in the US, tried to squeeze as much into her daily work schedule as she could.

For the month of May I time-traveled back to 2007, when social media platforms were still just websites you visited. I removed Facebook, Twitter and Reddit from my phone. Throughout the month, if I wanted to use those platforms I had to log in manually at my desk.
Adam*, is an engineer on Google’s self-driving car project (now its own division, called Waymo). He says the daily pace of work borders on fanatical. When he’s in the lab, the outside world disappears—we know this because he tells us so,..
Until Next Week,
Thomas, Curator at Postanly
Have an epic weekend!
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