Summary of “Want a Standing Desk? Show This Study to Your Boss”

Standing desks became trendy because of their ability to cut into your sitting time, thereby improving your health and wellness in the workplace.
A small new study says the benefits don’t stop there: standing desks may actually improve your job performance, too.
Office workers who used desks that could be adjusted for sitting or standing reported significant reductions in the amount of time they spent sitting, better health and improved work performance at the end of a year-long trial, compared to employees who sat at their desks as usual.
The results were published Wednesday in the BMJ. The study involved 146 people who worked in office roles at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the U.K. Seventy-six participants were given sit-stand desks and completed training meant to encourage less sitting at work, including an educational seminar, individual coaching sessions and even a smart seat cushion, which reminded people to stand by vibrating.
People in the other group didn’t get any coaching and worked at their desks as normal.
Over the course of the year, people in the intervention group began sitting much less than people in the control group: After three months, they spent 50 fewer minutes seated each day.
The research suggests that sit-stand desks, which can be adjusted throughout the day, may be a better option than either static sitting or standing desks.
The results of the new study will need to be replicated in a larger group of people.

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Summary of “The Scientific Argument For Waking Up Early”

In order to regularly do DEEP WORK, you need to set your life up so that it can happen.
The important concept here is just as rare as deep work, and is one of the primary reasons deep work doesn’t happen.
Even if we are not working, we will regularly be thinking about work because we are not absorbed in the other areas of our life.
The Length And Quality Of Your Recovery MattersIf you wake up early, let’s say between 4-6AM and immediately get to work, you will get a lot of work done.
If you stop working sometime around 1-3PM, and completely psychologically detach from work, you will experience the opposite of deep work - you will experience DEEP RECOVERY.Deep recovery is essential for deep work.
You’ll be focused on the things which matter most, and you won’t need more time for work, because the time you spend at work will be well-spent, and the time away from work will also be well-spent.
In the book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, author Greg McKeown explains that, as an employee, you can usually negotiate your work hours and even work activities.
How much DEEP WORK have you done in the past 30 days?

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Summary of “How I Quit Drinking in a World That Wants Me Drunk”

On October 1, 2016, my 23rd birthday, I made the decision to do the impossible: I quit drinking.
I’ve made a concerted effort to post about it openly on social media because drinking culture is so pervasive, and I want to let people know there’s a way out.
We live in a culture that celebrates brunch cocktails and wine moms and happy hours-a world where adults casually urge their colleagues and friends to “Have a drink or three” to numb the pain of a rough day-so no one really bats at an eye at binge-drinking.
At a time when the public debate over a Supreme Court nomination has gone off on bizarre tangents about blackouts and drinking games, it’s remarkable how few people are condemning a culture that regards teenagers getting shitfaced as normal, or even cool.
It showed me a world where alcohol was no big deal; drinking it often was a sign of maturity and refinement.
In the months leading up to my 23rd birthday, my drinking was spiraling out of control.
The next morning I woke up extremely groggy and hungover, and knew that if I didn’t quit drinking I would literally die.
When I was drinking, I constantly found myself in perilous situations-blacking out, getting in cars with strangers I didn’t trust, hooking up with guys I didn’t want to have sex with because I was too drunk and indifferent about my wellbeing to slur the word “No.” After I quit drinking, I discovered that I was less afraid of the world because I wasn’t making bad decisions that led to my encounters with the scummiest subsection of the population.

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Summary of “Form A Daily Writing Habit-It Will Improve Your Life”

One of the most important habits that I’ve formed in my life is daily writing.
Without question, writing every day has brought me many great things: A better career, fulfillment, self-improvement, and most importantly, the ability to share my ideas with you, the reader.
At some point, you have to look at yourself and say, “I’m a writer.” And then, start doing your job by writing every day.
Writing every day will demonstrate the power of compounding like very few other things can.
To be honest, there are many other benefits to writing every day.
“That’s great and all. But how do you even form a daily writing habit?”.
Remove distractionsTell the people in your life about your daily writing habit.
Ask them to not disturb you during the time you’re writing.

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Summary of “The Tyranny of the Perfect Life”

I didn’t know it then, but I was also subjecting myself to the tyranny of the perfect life.
The Quest for Uniformity - At All CostsSimilar to Sweet’s pursuit of the perfect day, the pursuit of the perfect life can mean imposing an artificial, rigid, uniformity on your life that does more harm than good.
To pursue the perfect life is to assume that you have knowledge of who you are, what you want, and how you might get there.
Pregnant Nuns In AtlantisSo far, I’ve suggested several things - that pursuing the perfect life imposes an artificial rigidity; that personal projects can backfire and do great harm; and that, because our values constantly shift, the perfect life will never be quite as satisfying as we imagine.
My main point is to suggest that the very idea of the perfect life is incoherent.
The word utopia, in its original form, meant “No place,” and no place is, I think, the only place where the perfect life can be found.
It’s not that you haven’t found the right vocation, right life partner, right morning ritual, or right dietary supplement that will “Tip the scales” towards a life of perfect harmony.
The perfect life is always just around the corner but, if you stop for long enough and breathe, you may find that the minimally-decent life is here already, just under your feet.

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Summary of “How I Get It Done: New York Times’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner”

Now, she’s a features writer for the New York Times and the Times Magazine, where she has written about Ethan Hawke, Jimmy Buffett, Tonya Harding, and of course, Gwyneth Paltrow, who professed to not know what the Cut is.
He has the whole routine set with taking care of our children, getting them out the door, and every day I have to make a crucial decision: Do I get ready while they’re getting ready, do I sit with them and hover over them and then get ready after they leave? And every day it’s a new adventure.
I have dry skin; my skin should have oil on it, my hair should have oil in it, and everything should just be coated in oil, like an Exxon Valdez duck.
We are not oiled enough – and I do understand this through Gwyneth.
For three hours a day, three days a week, I just wrote.
My husband’s like, “You’re going to D.C. for one day and checking luggage?” But I think that’s more associated with my sense that nothing will ever fit or look good.
I feel like if I can start the day with TV and end the day with TV then I have an excellent life.
Then I watch TV. I feel like if I can start the day with TV and end the day with TV then I have an excellent life.

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Summary of “9 Habits of Super Successful People and What You Can Learn From Them”

The habits we create will determine the consistency of our success.
It seems like some people are consistently and constantly finding success – landing deals, getting connected with the right people and making a true difference in the world.
As someone who’s been in competitive industries for decades, I’ve found that the habits we create will determine the consistency of our success.
What I have discovered is that successful people – including the ones I coach and those well-known – have many of the same tendencies.
Successful people don’t say things like, “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to make more money next month.”
While consumers are in the mindset of taking, contributors are people who understand the universal law of “As you give so you receive.”
Every day successful people stretch themselves into being uncomfortable – everything from having an honest conversation with a team member to doing public speaking.
By following the habits of successful people can put you on the right track to find success of your own.

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Summary of “Six Cookbooks That Will Make You a Better Cook, According to Julia Turshen”

Julia Turshen has long been a sought-after cookbook writer, collaborating with big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Dana Cowin and famously turning in book drafts an entire year before their due date.
The recipes themselves are inviting, with plenty of room for variations and spin-offs; her Turkey and Ricotta Meatballs, one of the most popular recipes from Small Victories, captures her style of cooking: approachable, homey, and hearty.
Now Turshen’s back with Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers, a cookbook with the heart of a memoir, filled with personal essays and recipes.
Already declared one of the best cookbooks this fall, Turshen’s new book cements her expert status – so we asked the cookbook author and collector to tell us her recommendations.
If you want to get into baking: The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day “I love Cheryl and Griffith Day’s cookbooks; they will make you feel comfortable with baking. The recipes are great, of course; both well-tested and well-written. Their bakery is such a comforting place to me, and eating their food and following their recipes would be great ways to taste their comfort in your own kitchen.”
Buy The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, $13.87 If you want to master the fundamentals: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat “Samin’s book is like getting to go to a cooking school. She does an incredible job of explaining why we do certain things when we cook. Reading that book and using it will leave you as a much more informed cook. She is also a fantastic writer, so her lessons will stick with you.”
If you are short on time: Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Bryant Terry “Who isn’t short on time?? The book is full of really creative, nourishing recipes and many of them are simple and quick. Plus it’s inspiring, which always helps you get a little energy in your kitchen.”
Buy Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed, $18.70 If you want something entertaining to peruse: Country Weekends by Lee Bailey “I love flipping through this book. It feels like a time capsule of a stylish Hamptons weekender from the 1980s, and I always want to cook after looking through it.”

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Summary of “School Days Start and End Too Early”

Buses were a way of getting kids to school amid new, pedestrian-unfriendly sprawl, but also of assuaging fears that walking to school alone was dangerous.
Which connects to the third common category of opposition to changing the school day: concerns about funding a longer day.
“More than half of states are funding their school systems at a lower level than they were in 2008.”.
As she outlined in a 2016 report, there are a few ways that schools could apply for federal funding to extend the school day under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
At any rate, many parents already are paying for the fact that the school day ends before the workday, in the form of childcare or extracurriculars.
“We’re effectively asking parents right now to subsidize the school day,” Brown said.
Keep school days the usual length, and working parents are in a jam.
Make school days longer, and both students and teachers might dread the added time.

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Summary of “Ten Tweaks To Your Morning Routine That Will Transform Your Entire Day”

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?'” And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
The Nottingham research has led me to uncover ways we can break bad habits in the morning and maximize our energy and self-control throughout the day.
Whether you naturally wake up feeling alert and productive or rise with the brainpower of a zombie, these tips will help you transform your morning routine and set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.
Exercising first thing in the morning ensures that you’ll have the time for it, and it improves your self-control and energy levels all day long.
It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for your day.
Keep your morning meetings on time, and your entire day will stay on track.
The right morning routine can make your day, every day.
What do you do in the morning to start your day off right? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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