Friday, March 16, 2018. Issue #169
Mastering Intuitive Thinking (How We Make Up Our Minds)
The human brain is wired for laziness. Your brain is constantly running a cost-benefit analysis. Like any other well-evolved organism, we use mental shortcuts, which are more efficient to save energy. As described by Daniel Kahneman in his book Thinking Fast and Slow, we use two primary modes of thinking to process information and make decisions.
From 2002 to 2007, I used to walk around everywhere with a little spiral notebook in my back pocket and a pencil sticking out of my hair. This was how I managed my schedule, to-do list, and (as a college student) the doodles I made of my professors. Then the iPhone came out.
In Bruce Lee’s final film, his character fights his way to the top of a pagoda, vanquishing foes of different fighting styles on each floor. As he ascends, he finds opponents more challenging than the last. On the top floor, he faces the 7’2” Kareem Abdul Jabbar, whose martial arts style...
A half-life is the time taken for something to halve its quantity. The term is most often used in the context of radioactive decay, which occurs when unstable atomic particles lose energy. Twenty-nine elements are known to be capable of undergoing this process. Information also has a half-life...
I knew it was coming. But as I sat there on the first day of the seminar, my stomach still did a little turn when the trainer announced the exercise we’d be doing over our lunch break: The dreaded pizza walk! I knew this was the trainer’s wry (but equally as unnerving) riposte to Tony Robbins’...
As I write this, I’m sitting on the back porch of the rural Vermont homestead I share with my husband and our daughter, gazing out on the 66 acres of forest, fruit trees, gardens, ponds, and streams that we feel incredibly lucky to call our own. Just a few years ago, this seemed like an impossible...
When we’re busy at work, it’s all too easy to let meetings, last-minute requests, and project pileups prevent us from leaving the office at a reasonable hour. Instead of ending work on time, we keep working long after the sun goes down, letting it follow us back into our homes.
Robert Pozen is a very productive person: An MIT Sloan senior lecturer, he served as the former president of Fidelity Investments, executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, and as an associate general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on. On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving success in any field. Anyone who masters their craft will face moments of doubt and somehow find the inner resolve to keep going.
We all understand the importance of contracts, but that doesn’t mean we always use them. Maybe you’re put off by all the legalese and fine print. Maybe you think it’s a waste of time to draw up a lengthy document for a project that’s going to last just a few days...
Current project: Thinking in Models. By popular request, my upcoming research-backed course explains the many thinking frameworks, and patterns that can help you think better, faster, solve problems at multiple levels of depth, and make complex decisions with confidence. Sign up here to be notified when it launches. 
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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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