Summary of “Learn to Manage Your Attention and Managing Time Will Take Care of Itself”

Cultivating and Protecting Your Attention and FocusIf you can learn to manage your attention, managing time will not only take care of itself, you’ll have a massive competitive advantage over most people.
Most people who claim to have a time management problem have an attention management problem.
Whatever requires less of your attention costs more in terms of cognitive benefit, what requires more costs you less.
The quality of the time is almost entirely determined by one thing, your ability to manage your attention.
In fact most down time isn’t really down time because we take a break and check email or social media.
Know Your Essential PrioritiesIf you want to get better at managing your attention you have to learn to say no to everything that’s not aligned with your essential priorities.
If it’s going to take me all day, I’m not just going to lose that time, but more time because of how pissed off I am about the whole experience.
This one skill, managing your attention will do more for your trajectory than any life hack.

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Summary of “The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy”

The distance between the main employer, the company that hires the temp agency, and the worker who fulfills these gigs, allows for the same type of casual cruelty that is exchanged between people who meet on online dating apps.
Temp jobs began after the second world war, offering work at companies like Kelly Girl, a billion-dollar staffing company based in Michigan, on a short-term basis.
As temping has grown, the quality of jobs has deteriorated, and temps now earn 20 to 25 percent less an hour than those who work as direct hires, according to government statistics.
As temping has grown, the quality of jobs has deteriorated, and temps now earn 20 to 25 percent less an hour than those who work as direct hires.
The permanent staff worked a good city union job but they hired temp workers to fill in the gaps.
Two months prior, a worker for Remedy Intelligent Staffing, 21-year-old Lawrence Daquan “Day” Davis, was crushed to death during his first day on the job at a Bacardi Bottling Corporation facility in Florida.
An examination of wage and hour violations for the years 1980 to 2010 for subcontractors, temp agencies, and primary employers of the industries that are most predominantly temped out shows that temp agencies have a substantially higher rate of failure to pay health benefits – 34 percent of workers don’t receive them – and failure to pay at all – a whole 29 percent.
While not all temp agencies are committing wage theft, lack of contact with one’s primary employer creates a dehumanizing work environment.

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Summary of “The App That Reminds You You’re Going to Die”

For the past three months, an app called WeCroak has been telling me I’m going to die.
“You can become a master of this powerful device rather than a slave to it,” says Michael Acton Smith, a co-founder of Calm, an app that offers guided meditation and soothing soundtracks and has surpassed 14 million downloads.
Headspace, a rival app that provides meditation sessions led by a former Buddhist monk, has been downloaded more than 18 million times.
There are apps to improve your breathing; apps that track the time you spend on other apps; and apps to teach you to be mindful while running, eating, giving birth, browsing the web, or, per the Buddhify app, “Waiting around.” I decided to test whether technology could be both malady and cure.
WeCroak is the very real passion project of Ian Thomas, a 27-year-old freelance app developer, and Hansa Bergwall, a 35-year-old publicist, who met through Airbnb.
Six weeks later, on July 26, WeCroak debuted on Apple’s App Store.
With each day the app sounds less like a Hobbesian warning-“Life is short”-and more like an Oprah-esque affirmation: “Life’s too short!”.
Calm emails me every few days to say, for example, “Christi from Calm” is “Here to support you on your mindfulness journey”-a tactic, called an “External trigger,” meant to nudge users back to the app.

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Summary of “Unlikely places and untangled goals”

An abbey of Cistercian Trappist monks, known for their silence, with a guest room that’s free for whoever asks.
I hung around all their various sitting rooms and balconies, writing for six silent days, speaking only one sentence a day if I ordered dinner.
It made me think about the unlikely places we can get what we want.
Some people think they need to go all the way to Thailand to meditate, or to India to learn yoga.
Some people think they need to travel to a country to learn its language.
Check out Moses McCormick learning more than a dozen languages from Ohio, or Benny Lewis learning Arabic from Brazil.
Some people think they need to pay a fortune to a university for a great education.
Some people think they need expensive equipment to start a new hobby, certain clothes to look the part, or for everything to be just right.

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Summary of “11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive”

This exhaustion of self-control kills your productivity, and it makes the morning hours, when self-control is highest, the most important hours of the 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.” - Steve JobsThe Nottingham research has led me to uncover 11 powerful 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 wake up 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.
Lemon water gives you steady, natural energy that lasts the length of the day by improving nutrient absorption in your stomach.
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.
People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day.
When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open.

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Summary of “Never Been Able to Keep a Journal Before? This Is the Journal Format for You”

An easy journal idea The idea comes from content marketer Barry Davret via Medium.
In a recent post, he explained the dead-simple journal format he uses to fuel his writing.
In your journal, write down 10 to 12 experiences from your day.
What use is a weird brain dump of random mundane details? Besides the proven mental health benefits of this sort of expressive writing, periodically you’ll be motivated to look back over what you’ve written, Davret explains, and that’s when the magic happens.
“Pick a handful of entries in your journal. Ask yourself what it teaches you about yourself, people, or life. You won’t find answers all the time. Once in a while, you will find one of those aha! moments that lead to growth,” he writes.
An even easier journal idea Still sound like too much for you? Author Gretchen Rubin may have the perfect journaling solution for even the laziest would-be journal keepers.
“One sentence is enough. When I look back on it years later, that one sentence really does keep memories vivid – it really does bring back the past – which is one of the things you really want a journal to do,” Rubin explains.
Have you struggled to keep a journal? Have you discovered any tricks or techniques that make it easier for you?

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Summary of “Husband Illustrates Everyday Life With His Wife, Proves Love Is In The Little Things”

Pascal Campion is a French-American artist based in Burbank, California who creates heartwarming and soulful illustrations about every day life.
Show Full Text.Being comforted after a long day.
Giving her a kiss when she’s so perfectly relaxed.
Watching the autumn leaves falling as you grow older together.
Peeping through the door to see the most precious moments.
Being proud of those little everyday accomplishments.
Here’s the illustrator Pascal Campion with his children.
Campion’s illustrations remind us to enjoy the small things, however old we might be.

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Summary of “How the Truly Successful Make Time for Constant Learning”

How do successful people find time to learn so much everyday? originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
How do successful people find time to learn so much everyday?
In truth, most of those were cranked out 25-35 at a time 10 or more times a day.
Breaking up the time into smaller sessions has two advantages: First, it makes it easier to “Find” the time – carving out a smaller 10 minute breaks is easier than finding an hour to read. In addition, there is a cognitive limit to how much you can learn and retain at a time.
Studying something for a few minutes and then giving your mind time to process and absorb the information is much more effective than longer “Cram” sessions.
Make the most of your morning/evening commute, or other time consuming tasks that don’t engage your brain.
The important thing is not to overwhelm your brain with too much at one time.
You need to give your brain time to process the information and make sense of it.

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Summary of “How Busy Working Parents Can Make Time for Mindfulness”

It seems everywhere you look these days someone is touting the benefits of mindfulness – a practice that Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, describes simply as “Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Research shows that people who practice mindfulness are less stressed, more focused and better able to regulate their emotions.
If you’re a busy working parent, how do you build mindfulness into an already-packed day? Those of us with kids and jobs often feel tired and rushed.
According to a Pew Research Center analysis, 56 percent of working parents say they find it difficult to balance their time between work and family.
It might look something like this: wake, coffee, family breakfast, pack lunches, prep for school day, walk dog, shower for work, drive car, train ride, walk to office, work all day, walk to train, car ride home, dinner, bath time, family reading or games, bedtime.
Work: Each time you sit down to your computer, take a pause.
For younger children, consider having them put a stuffed animal on their belly as each of you count how many times the animal rides up and down with their breath.
Does mindfulness seem a little more doable now? Research indicates that it takes just eight weeks of relatively regular practice to make positive changes to the brain.
For working parents, my advice is to instead insert just a few small moments of mindfulness into your day, even – and especially – when life seems too busy, hectic and out of control.

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Summary of “How ‘Die Another Day’ Almost Blew Up the James Bond Franchise”

It’s been 15 years since the release of Die Another Day-a movie that set an unusual number of milestones for the James Bond franchise.
Revisiting Die Another Day for the first time since 2002, I was surprised to discover that it’s actually much closer to the grimmer post-9/11 Bond played by Daniel Craig than I remembered.
In its first 20 minutes, Die Another Day can go toe-to-toe with the darkest moments in franchise history: Bond’s new wife being shot in the head on her wedding day in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or Felix Leiter being fed to sharks in License to Kill, or Bond’s genitals being beaten with a knotted rope in Casino Royale.
Die Another Day actually, briefly feels like it could evolve into a sobering look at a broken Bond, abandoned by his country and wracked with PTSD. And then-yes-it becomes the James Bond movie in which Pierce Brosnan drives an invisible car and surfs down a glacier.
Bond’s extended stint as a prisoner-of-war at the beginning of the movie is, theoretically, a chance for Brosnan to show a little more depth than playing James Bond typically affords.
The creative team tasked with making Bond movie after Die Another Day must have at least contemplated those questions.
The Daniel Craig era took James Bond to new heights-his four 007 movies to date are the four highest-grossing movies in franchise history-but right behind them is Die Another Day, which grossed nearly $40 million more than any James Bond movie before it.
If not for the bold and correct decision to make a sharp pivot away from the highest-grossing James Bond movie in history, who knows where 007 might have gone next?

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