Summary of “The Powerful Mental Benefits of a Daily Morning Run, and How to Start the Habit”

For whatever reason, at about age 27, I decided to start running.
Way more important than all that were the mental benefits that I received from running.
Running clarifies your thinking by changing your mental environmentThere have been very few times where I have gone out running and spent the rest of the day feeling mentally clouded and overwhelmed.
Running builds mental toughnessThis is probably the most Malcolm Gladwell-ish thing I’ll write, but the one trait that seems to display the most return on investment in helping people “Make it” is perseverance.
Maybe you’re not sold on running yet as a habit, and that’s fine; you can’t start a habit.
How to Form The HabitObviously, you have to get out there and run the first day, in order to make it a habit.
Put Your Clothes and Shoes by the Door the Night BeforeIf I had to pick the easiest but most effective way to get a regular morning run going, it’d be this one.
Check your email, make your to-do list - do whatever puts your mind relatively at ease, so that you can at least start out your run with a relatively calm mind.

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Summary of “This Is How Many Minutes Of Breaks You Need Each Day”

Your calendar is probably full of things to do, but how often do you schedule in breaks? If it’s rare to find a blank space on your calendar, you should rethink your nonstop workflow.
How often you should break depends on your workload, energy level ,and the time of day.
“Don’t think of breaks in terms of taking a set number a day, such as 12 or five,” says Robert Pozen, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.
An experiment by the software startup Draugiem Group using time-tracking app DeskTime found that the most productive workers took regular and frequent breaks, working in 52-minute sprints with 17-minute breaks.
“Our cognitive capacity declines throughout the day; you must build in frequent mental breaks to recharge and maintain productivity,” he says.
“Not all breaks are created equal, according to Northern Illinois University assistant psychology professor Larissa Barber and NIU psychology doctoral student Amanda Conlin.”Employees tend to choose breaks that often do not work to their benefit,” they write in an article for Psychology Today.
Morning breaks can include meditation, talking to a friend, helping a coworker, or even engaging in goal setting, but afternoon breaks are more important and need certain activities, says Pozen.
“We need to do away with time as a success metric. You can accomplish more when you give yourself breaks to reenergize.”

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Summary of “Flexport’s epic plan to build a freight empire with its $110M raise”

“We’re actually out here trying to create value, not just give venture capital money away” says Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen.
Flexport already moves 7,000 shipping containers a month for an average of $2,000 each while taking around a 15% cut, earning it roughly $2.1 million per month from ocean freight alone.
“There’s an Amazon-like element for the enterprise”- Ryan Petersen, Flexport CEO. Now after TechCrunch reported last month that sources told us Flexport had raised a $110 million Series C at an $800 million pre-money valuation, the company today confirmed the deal.
Flexport wants to finance its customers freight, not just ship it.
Customers like Ring, Osmo, and Le Tote could get their freight financed and forwarded all at once, cutting down their logistical headaches while giving Flexport more.
Petersen says Flexport can have “More control” with “Our software, our process in the warehouse.”
Flexport opened its first 12,000 square foot cross-port in Hong Kong two months ago and it’s already jam-packed, so it’s planning to move to a bigger space like the 100,000 square foot spot it has in LA. Petersen says the plan is to open 25 of these, beyond its nine offices that house 500 employees.
Despite its budding empire, Flexport is still only the 23rd-largest freight forwarder.

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Summary of “Everyone Talks About Living Their Best Life. How Do You Actually Do It?”

You don’t need to come from the right pedigree.
What is it that you actually want? You don’t need to construct a vision board, just be honest with yourself.
How much money will it take until you feel accomplished? What experiences do you want to have? Write it down if it helps you put it into focus.
Most successful people spend countless hours working and training to reach their goals.
In order to create the lifestyle that you dream of, you need to surround yourself with positive people that push and encourage you.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you need to meet investors, potential clients and press years before you need their help.
If your dream is to be a digital nomad and travel blogger, you need to develop connections with those in the industry to find out what separates the successful people from the wannabes.
You don’t need to fulfill your goals as quickly as possible.

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Summary of “How This Anxious Introvert Handles Large Events”

If you only kinda know me you might think I’m a confident extrovert, but if you really really know me, it’s more clear: I’m an introvert, and one who gets slightly anxious during prolonged exposure to large groups.
Introversion is quintessentially “Does being around other people give you energy or take energy away?” Introverts can be proverbial life of the party but then need time alone to recharge.
My own introversion is compounded by low level anxiety in large group settings, especially when the social dynamics start to approximate high school – you know, groups of people, some of whom know each other and others who don’t.
A. Depth Not Breadth When Meeting New People at Conferences: The routine went like this – end up at a conference with 100+ amazing people.
It’s fine if I end up seeing a bunch of people but, really, if I can have meaningful conversations with just five, 10, 15 people over the course of a day, that’s a win.
D. Pull People Aside for 1:1s: As Joe Greenstein knows from an annual conference we both attend, I’m a big fan of catching up over a 1:1 walk, even offsite from the event.
How about the other anxious introverts out there – what are your strategies for conferences and events?
Get attendee lists in advance to identify folks you know who are attending or people with whom you have mutual friends/interests.

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Summary of “To Transform Your Weeknight Cooking, Turn On the Instant Pot”

Over time the multicooker became so embedded in the rhythm of my everyday cooking that I never unplugged it.
If you’re an organized, plan-ahead type of person, you can use your multicooker exactly like a slow cooker.
Culinary procrastinators, on the other hand, can take full advantage of the pressure setting, which cooks food in minutes instead of hours.
In the summer I can quickly cook beans and grains for salads without heating up the kitchen, or steam artichokes without having to stare at a pot on the stove.
Often, getting my meal done in the shortest amount of time is simply a matter of how you cut up the ingredients – the smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook.
While whole roots usually need about 20 to 30 minutes to cook, slices or cubes take 5 to 10 minutes.
Because I rarely plan ahead, one of my favorite multicooker tricks is to cook dried beans on a weeknight without soaking them first.
Of course, you can’t cut them up to make them cook more quickly, but you can select smaller beans.

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Summary of “7 Science-Backed Ways to Take Better Breaks”

Done properly, breaks can reduce mental fatigue, boost brain function and creativity, and actually keep us on-task for longer periods of time.
So how do you take a proper break? Here are 7 science-backed studies can help you maximize your downtime.
For years, productivity methods like Pomodoro have suggested that working in a series of short bursts or ‘sprints’ followed by short breaks are the best ways to keep yourself on track.
The hardest part about taking regular breaks during your workday is that it can be incredibly hard to ‘switch off’.
One of the most common reasons we take a break is because our body tells us we need to.
You might scoff at your co-worker hitting the treadmill on their lunch break, but exercise is one of the easiest ways to reduce fatigue, boost energy, and increase your productivity throughout the day.
In our culture of doing, taking regular breaks can be seen as lazy or unproductive.
So stop glorifying long days and burnout-inducing hours and take a break.

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Summary of “4 Money Tips from 4 Personal Finance Legends”

There are so many money “Experts” out there – how do you separate the wheat from the chaff?
Below you’ll find four of their best tips; by acting on these lessons, you too can become a master of money.
“Now let me leave this little word of counsel for you. Keep a little ledger, as I did. Write down in it what you receive, and do not be ashamed to write down what you pay away. See that you pay it away in such a manner that your father or mother may look over your book and see just what you did with your money. It will help you to save money, and that you ought to do.”
How do you start budgeting in a sustainable way? First, create a clear and concise record of where your money is currently going.
“We live among a bunch of people who are deeply in debt and have no money saved because their emotions were tricked. Just like drug addicts, people have been conned into believing that happiness will come with the next purchase. You probably think I am writing about someone else, but I’m not. I am writing about you. I know because I am suffering from the same disease – but I am recovering and so are many of you. The human spirit was not created to attain peace, contentment, or fulfillment by gathering more stuff.”
“An asset is something that puts money in my pocket. A liability is something that takes money out of my pocket.”
Other stuff, like your personal house, your car, big screen TV, boat, and student loans are liabilities, because they take money out of your pocket.
Buy things that put money in your pocket, rather than things that take money out.

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Summary of “How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do”

Infinite runway means you can now dedicate all your “Work” time to your work.
Your work will be forced rather than organically lived.
You’ll be surprised how quickly you become Ramen Profitable when you take your work seriously.
While you’re away from your work, like sleeping, spending time with friends, or other activities, your subconscious is working through and mulling over the problems you’re trying to solve.
Recovering from my work generally consists of writing in my journal, listening to music, spending time with my wife and kids, preparing and eating delicious food, or serving other people.
You don’t want these emotions to influence you while you work.
Without question, how you feel in the moment you do you work determines how well you do.8.
“Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously. Left to my own devices, I am always looking for ways to become more and more psychologically impregnable. When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it. My instinct is always to seek out challenges as opposed to avoiding them.” - Josh WaitzkinWhen you begin feeling uncomfortable, that’s when you start feeling good.

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Summary of “10 Hard Things to Start Doing for Yourself”

We put the hard things off until tomorrow-because the “Weather” is bad-until we’ve lost our edge.
Then one day we wake up and we’re emotionally incapable of doing the hard things that must be done.
If you haven’t pushed yourself in lots of little ways over time-if you always avoid doing the hard things-of course you’ll crumble on the inevitable days that are harder than you expected.
Start putting your heart and soul into the things you do.
You must remind yourself to take a deep breath when things don’t go your way.
The ability to not overreact or take things personally keeps your mind clear, your heart at peace, and yourself moving forward.
When you bring clarity into your life, you bring the best of yourself into everything you do-you tend to treat yourself and others better, communicate more constructively, do things for the right reasons, and ultimately improve the world you’re living in.
Then interesting things begin happening-good things that are outside of your immediate purview-good things you haven’t even thought of yet.

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