IT: Week of 12/20/16

Welcome to the next installment of Intelligent Tuesday, from the people behind The Five Minute Journal and Productivity Planner. 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.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we
planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

-Joseph Campbell

  • Article (5 Minutes) - How to Write Email with Military Precision: The military has to write emails so the recipient immediately knows the purpose and next action to take. In this short actionable post, learn how to write clearer emails that can save you and those you email with valuable time.  

  • Video (18 Minutes) - The key to transforming yourself - Robert Greene at TEDxBrixton: Robert Greene shares his personal story of self-discovery throughout years of wandering before writing his New York Times Best-Selling Book The 48 Laws of Power. He explains that “the way to transform yourself is through your work...through our work we can connect to who we are” and shares how you can adapt this approach to find your calling and lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.

  • Article (2 Minutes) - The Outwork Myth by Jason Fried: We are huge fans of getting your most important task done every day so you do not lose days to busy work. However, much productivity advice of successful people still centers around putting in more hours. In this short piece, Jason Fried beautifully puts this myth to rest.

  • Video (16 minutes) - Validation Short Movie: A delightful fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments. It’s a beautiful short movie that makes you smile and learn the value of appreciating people.

  • Podcast (45 minutes) - The Big Man Can’t Shoot by Malcolm Gladwell: Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision: He chose a shooting technique that made him one of the worst foul shooters in basketball—even though he had tried a better technique. This brilliant podcast details why smart people do dumb things and how you can determine what the “change threshold” is for yourself and loved ones.


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