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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.


“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.”

- Maya Angelou


How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To


Article (6 Minutes) - We’ve all faced procrastination at one point or another, but the antidote may be different depending on the cause. Afraid to screw up? Don’t feel like doing something? Is it hard...boring...unpleasant? This article by Heidi Grant addresses the nuances of procrastination and offers mental reframes to get you into action.

Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and How to Get Unstuck)

Video (10 Minutes) - We may think that being optimistic and positive is the result of a good hand dealt in life, however,  it is more likely to the product of the effort you put into it. This talk by psychologist Alison Ledgerwood provides a research-based background for why we can get “stuck in the negatives” and lends tips for what we can do to break the cycle.

Make Your Life Better by Saying Thank You in These 7 Situations


Article (7 minutes) - One of the most popular articles we have ever shared was a webcomic that illustrated how to turn a sorry into a thank you. Expanding on that theme, this article shows you how you can navigate tricky situations (from compliments, to running late, to criticism) with a “thank you.”

The Unconventional “Forgotten” Business Book - Body and Soul by Anita Roddick

Book (Amazon) - Anita Roddick started the cosmetics and skincare company The Body Shop. By her admission, she didn’t want to change the world; she just wanted to survive and be able to feed her kids. If it failed, she says she would have found something else to do. With no business background, she was able to create a $100 million+ company and start many environmental charities. It’s a great book on scratching your own itch, going against industry standards, and leading with humility, love, and optimism.  

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

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