Summary of “Stop Feeling Guilty About Your To-Do List”

It’s the end of the workday, and your to-do list has barely been touched.
“You look at what you didn’t get done, and you get that sinking feeling deep in your soul that you are not enough.” But, she says, “You mustn’t feel like a failure.” Conquering workplace guilt involves a combination of getting savvier about how you chip away at your to-do list, improving how you manage your own expectations about what you can realistically achieve over the course of a day, and building self-compassion for those times when you fail to live up to them.
Once you’ve developed an understanding of your bandwidth and retooled your to-do list accordingly, it’s time to set expectations with others.
Try to accept that your to-do list will never be done, and you will always have things you really wished you’d gotten to.
Case Study #1: Edit your to-do list and cut yourself some slack.
During the period of reflection, he realized that his to-do list was too long.
Katelyn Holbrook says that the guilt induced by all the unchecked boxes on her to-do list grew as she progressed in her career.
Katelyn, a mom of three young kids, vividly remembers how awful she felt as some tasks remained on her to-do list longer than she would have liked.

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Summary of “I stumbled across a huge Airbnb scam that’s taking over London”

Where Airbnb enforces an annual 90-day limit on all “Entire homes” listed on its platform, scammers have made a mockery of lax enforcement both by regulators and Airbnb itself, by turning entire new-build apartment blocks into de facto hotels designed for the short-term rental market.
Airbnb/WIRED. Advertisement My Airbnb host, Robert & Team, started out life on another Airbnb account, currently using the name Leon.
Earlier that month, an Airbnb user called Elaine was equally impressed: “I am 150% satisfied! this place is even better than i expected!” Unlike Peter, Elaine’s Airbnb profile is still active and shows that she has been reviewed by just two Airbnb hosts: Robert & Team and Leon.
In an attempt to find out more about my Airbnb booking, I call up a London number listed on the Continental Apartments website, which redirects me to a call centre where a distant-sounding voice with a nondescript North American accent asks how they can help.
While a lot of reviews for Airbnb listings managed by Continental Apartments and CB Platinum are positive – guests are often delighted by the locations of such apartments, many of which are right in the centre of London – there’s a drip feed of concerningly negative reviews.
In September 2019, Brandi, whose Airbnb profile says she is from North Carolina, booked her and her husband into an Airbnb listing managed by Robert & Team as part of their honeymoon in London.
Following the Vice exposé of scam listings in the United States, Airbnb said it would review every single listing and host on its platform.
According to Inside Airbnb, a service that scrapes Airbnb to shine a light on the platform’s impact on cities around the world, there are an estimated 36,964 listings on Airbnb in London that are listed by a host with at least one other listing.

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Summary of “Why Goodnight Moon is missing from the New York Public Library’s list of the 10 most-checked-out books of all time.”

On Monday the New York Public Library, celebrating its 125th anniversary, released a list of the 10 most-checked-out books in the library’s history.
The list is headed by a children’s book-Ezra Jack Keats’ masterpiece The Snowy Day-and includes five other kids’ books.
The list also includes a surprising addendum: One of the most beloved children’s books of all time didn’t make the list because for 25 years it was essentially banned from the New York Public Library.
She scheduled scores of story hours for children; she encouraged any children who could sign their names to check out a book; she trained librarians drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds and then sent them out into a city of immigrant children, preaching the gospel of reading.
By the time Brown’s most famous book was published in 1947, Moore had ostensibly retired-as Jill Lepore noted in the New Yorker in a story about Moore’s war with another children’s classic, Stuart Little-she still essentially ran the children’s section, leading department meetings even when her put-upon acolyte and successor, Frances Clarke Sayers, tried changing the meeting room at the last minute.
Margaret Wise Brown wanted librarians to adopt Goodnight Moon; she even blurred out the udder of the cow who jumped over the moon to avoid offending those “Important Ladies.” But it certainly wasn’t enough for Moore, or Sayers, or the NYPL: Marcus notes that “In a harshly worded internal review, the library dismissed the book as an unbearably sentimental piece of work.” And so the book wasn’t purchased by the New York Public Library, and while children were encouraged to check out all kinds of books from the library’s extensive children’s department, Goodnight Moon was not one of them.
“She’s such an easy villain.” Her discriminating book recommendations delivered from on high represent the exact opposite of the credo pledged by most children’s librarians today: that the library’s role is to provide the widest possible array of titles and allow children to find the books they love.
Since 1972, Goodnight Moon has been checked out about 100,000 times from New York City libraries, placing it somewhat below the No. 10 book on the list, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Summary of “8 Ways to Read More Books”

For most of my adult life I read maybe five books a year – if I was lucky.
So why can’t we think of ourselves as the racehorses? Make the bet on reading by opening an account at Goodreads or Reco, friending a few coworkers or friends, and then updating your profile every time you read a book.
Related to the above, the publishing industry puts out more than 50,000 books a year.
Should we get our reading lists from retailers? If you’re like me, and you love the “Staff picks” wall in independent bookstores, there’s nothing as nice as getting one person’s favorite books.
Just say, “Phew! Now I’ve finally ditched this brick to make room for that gem I’m about to read next.” An article that can help enable this mindset is “The Tail End,” by Tim Urban, which paints a striking picture of how many books you have left to read in your lifetime.
Once you fully digest that number, you’ll want to hack the vines away to reveal the oases ahead. I quit three or four books for every book I read to the end.
You may be wondering why I don’t just read e-books on a mobile device, saving myself all the time and effort required to bring books in and out of the house.
He is The New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome, which have sold more than a million copies and have spent more than 200 weeks on bestseller lists.

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Summary of “How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain”

Keeping a list of tasks you need to perform is like taking notes when you’re reading a book or listening to a lecture.
Many studies have shown that note taking helps us distill the information we hear and remember it better than we would if we’d just heard or read it.
Writing a to-do list is a similar mental experience.
Even if you first spend some time thinking about the tasks you have to do, the act of drawing up a list and prioritizing the items on it forces you to do a little extra work.
Your brain decides which pieces of information to hang onto for later, partly as a result of how much work you do to them up front-so the more you mentally manipulate a piece of information, the better you’ll remember it.
So even if your agenda changes in practice as you work toward your objective, the process of thinking ahead about the steps involved can help prime you to do the work ahead.It Helps You Clear the Weeds You Couldn’t See.
Lay out the key goals you want to achieve and point out how little time there is in your schedule to make those happen.
Art is the author of Smart Thinking and Habits of Leadership, Smart Change, and most recently, Brain Briefs, co-authored with his “Two Guys on Your Head” co-host Bob Duke, which focuses on how you can use the science of motivation to change your behavior at work and at home.

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Summary of “How to Finish Your Work, One Bite at a Time”

One solution for pacing my work that I’ve found incredibly effective is maintaining weekly/daily to-do lists.
After you finish the weekly list, you’re done for the week.
How to Use a Weekly/Daily To-Do List The heading for this section might seem pretty self-explanatory.
Write out your weekly list and your daily lists, finish them, repeat.
Focus on the Daily List The point of the weekly list is to serve as the starting point for writing daily lists.
Don’t Expand the Lists If you finish your daily or weekly list earlier than you expected, you might be tempted to expand.
As soon as you create the possibility for expansion, your “Everything” goes from being the tasks to finish tomorrow, back to your infinite to-do list.
Try to avoid expanding your lists just because you have free time.

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Summary of “These Seven To-Do List Mistakes Could Be Derailing Your Productivity”

Mistakes on your to-do list could be putting your workday in jeopardy, say experts.
“A to-do list is a road map for your day,” says Paula Rizzo, author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful, and Less Stressed.
Aspirational tasks, like writing a book, don’t belong on a to-do list; instead, create a separate bucket list.
“If your to-do list says, ‘Climb Mount Everest and pick up milk,’ those are two separate lists,” says Rizzo.
“Not only is it overwhelming to see so many tasks; it’s also not satisfying to never be able to complete it. Instead, you want to make a separate daily list where you plan which tasks to tackle the next day and only work off that list.”
A good to-do list should be a priority list, says productivity coach Nancy Gaines.
If you have 10 minutes to get something done and a vague to-do list, you’ll waste time trying to reconnect with each item on the list and remember what it means.
“If you have a full calendar and a full to-do list that aren’t connected, you’ll never have time to take action on your to-do list, short of robbing yourself of sleep, family time, weekend relaxation, or vacation.”

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Summary of “This Productivity Method Is Way Better Than a To-Do List”

In theory, all the tasks on a daily list get completed.
In a to-do list, our goal is to get rid of the pending tasks as soon as possible.
The fastest way is to do the easiest tasks first, such as check email, tweet posts, and watch a TV episode while doing the first two.
The principle behind the Eisenhower Matrix is that we should separate tasks that are important from those that are urgent.
Urgent tasks are those that need to be dealt with immediately.
Important tasks, on the other hand, are crucial to a long-term goal.
We often end up working on tasks that fall more into the urgent category than the important category.
It gets me super-focused on what’s important and eliminates those unnecessary tasks that eat up a lot of time without giving much benefit in return.

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Summary of “7 Fiction Books That Change The Way You Think”

I’ve dived into Philosophy, Marketing, Productivity, Evolution, History, Biographies, and many other books you read to learn something.
One thing I’ve noticed is that non-fiction books of the past ten years are not boring to read. I think Malcolm Gladwell played a huge part in that development.
His book The Tipping Point, published in 2000, also seems like a tipping point for non-fiction books.
Non-fiction books of today are equally entertaining to read as fiction books.
Especially fiction books because you don’t expect them to change your life or anything.
I’ve made a list of 7 fiction books that have inspired me.
No, I’ve tried to create a list with less familiar books.
If this book doesn’t change the way you think about people, nothing will.

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Summary of “On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain”

If the broad outlines of medieval political divisions linger over modern Britain, some of the wonders are still hiding there, too.
Others have lost their luster Evans assured me when we first spoke, “Some of them are active and still really spectacular.” The Severn Bore, for example-a rushing, riverine tidal wave that can reach more than nine feet in height-plays a role in four of the wonders and can still be seen.
The wonders list comes from a medieval text, Historia Brittonum, that was once treated as a reliable account of the history of Britain.
That’s why the wonders are worth seeking out-using the medieval list as a guide to natural phenomena means “Taking whatever tired, dust-covered metaphors you use for the world and shaking them up,” he says.
On his website, he writes that the Wonders of Britain “Act as pins, fastening Britain today to a hidden landscape of dark age mythology.” The giant dog and cursed boar-prince may have been myths, but the cairns and their pockmarked rocks are not.
The wonders list indicates that it was somewhere along the Severn, the longest river in Britain.
Many of the Wonders of Britain were trees, rocks, and springs because those natural features dominated the landscape.
A thousand years after the Wonders of Britain were recorded, they still have the power to surprise.

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