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Welcome to this week’s Intelligent Tuesday, from the people behind The Five Minute JournalProductivity Planner, and My Commitment. This is a weekly list of resources that enhance our lives. We want to share these with you to spread joy, productivity, and self-fulfillment.


“Do the thing you fear the most, and the death of fear is certain.”

- Mark Twain

The 4 Ways to Successfully Adopt New Habits by Gretchen Rubin



Video (17 Minutes) - Gretchen Rubin outlines four personality profiles that emerge when adopting (or not adopting) new habits. After you watch this video, not only will you be able to recognize your own tendencies, but suddenly you have new insights into your friends and co-workers. How will you use your self-knowledge to your advantage? How will this affect your interactions with others? If you want to take a deeper look, Gretchen further examines each profile in videos here: Upholder / Questioner / Obliger / Rebel

The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals by Shane Parrish

Article (2 Minutes) - Shane is one of our favorite writers on the Internet and he delivers a powerful manifesto for transistioning from living like an amatuer to being a professional. If you want to go more in depth on this topic, pair this article with Steven Pressfield's wonderful book Turning Pro.  

Quick Tip: Afternoon slump? Plan on it. Work on the easy stuff.


Much has been said about morning rituals and nighttime routines, but what about the afternoon? What happens when you get back from lunch and hit a lull? Batch the easy stuff. We all have tasks from housekeeping, organizing, repetitive tasks, and general correspondence that are relatively easy and require little thinking. Block the afternoon to work on this. Plan on hitting a slump and use it to your advantage. If you want to take your afternoon routine even deeper, check out these additional tips from Patrick over at Lifehacker.

Book: Recession Proof Graduate by Charlie Hoehn


Book / Original Slide Deck - 2 ½ years ago, our very own Swiss Army knife Kevin used this book to land a job as team member #1 here at Intelligent Change. Charie, the author of the book,  used  free work to become the director of special projects for Tim Ferriss and countless others have used this guide to land their dream jobs. We recommend purchasing the book, but you can also use the original free slide deck.

    Thank you for reading and have a great rest of the week,
    The Intelligent Change Team

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